Opinion Winter Olympics future is murky if we don't get a handle on climate change

19:35  09 february  2018
19:35  09 february  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

28 Russians have Olympic doping bans lifted

  28 Russians have Olympic doping bans lifted Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their Olympic doping bans overturned, throwing the International Olympic Committee's policy on Russian doping into turmoil.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Thursday that evidence was "insufficient" that the 28 — including several medalists — had broken anti-doping rules at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.The 28 who had their bans lifted could now seek late entry into the Pyeongchang Games, which open Feb. 9.Eleven more were ruled to have been guilty of doping, but had lifetime bans cut to a ban from the Pyeongchang Games alone.

Many past host cities won’t be cold or snowy enough for another Winter Games. This is not the future I want for my family and our ski tradition. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Winter Olympics future is murky if we don ' t get a handle

And if you don ’ t love winter as much as I do, then I’ll just remind you that with fewer snow days, we ’ll also be getting more extreme heat. How to Talk Climate at Thanksgiving. It’s good to be ready in the event your rousing dinner table discourse winds its way to climate change .

a man riding skis down a snow covered slope: Steven Nyman in Kitzbuhel, Austria, on Jan. 16, 2018. © Joe Klamar, AFP/Getty Images Steven Nyman in Kitzbuhel, Austria, on Jan. 16, 2018.

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Does your family have a “thing"? A particular hobby that you bond over, passing traditions, jokes and maybe even equipment down from one generation to the next? For my family, it’s skiing. I was only 2 when my dad, who ran a ski school, started teaching me to ski. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I can’t wait for her to learn to walk — so I can teach her to ski!

But by the time she grows up, and has kids of her own to teach to ski at entirely too young an age (as per family tradition), there could be a whole lot less snow around. If we do not find the courage to kick our fossil fuel addiction and transition to clean energy, we will warm the atmosphere to the extent that areas currently covered in white all winter long could see only sporadic snow.

North Korea defends military parade before Olympics

  North Korea defends military parade before Olympics North Korea on Saturday defended its plan to stage a military parade the day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South. Pyongyang plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on February 8.The annual parade was held on April 25 for years, but the government announced last month that starting this year, it would take place on February 8."Nobody has the right to take issue" with the event, said Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

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Winter Olympics future is murky if we don ' t get a handle on climate change Does your family have a “thing"? A particular hobby that you bond over, passing

For example, a study released last year found that by 2050, when my daughter will hopefully be putting my grandchildren on skis, the snow season across the U.S. could be cut in half. By 2090, when her children are raising their children, there could be as much as an 80% reduction in ski season length (costing the winter sports and recreation industry hundreds of millions of dollars). 

The story is the same across the globe. Recent analysis of 21 cities that have held the Winter Olympics found that nearly half won’t be reliably cold enough to host them again by mid-century. Though snow machines have already proved able to take up some of nature’s slack in keeping runs covered, before long many past host cities just won’t be cold enough to sustain the snow and ice necessary to host again.

IOC refuses Russian athletes' request to join Winter Olympics

  IOC refuses Russian athletes' request to join Winter Olympics The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has refused a request for 15 Russian athletes and coaches to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The 13 athletes and two coaches were among 28 Russian athletes whose lifetime bans were overturned by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.After the ruling, the Russian Olympic Committee requested they be allowed to attend to Olympics, which are due to start in South Korea on Friday, February 9.

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That’s not only a loss for those of us who carry on family traditions inseparable from the snow, but also a huge blow to the economies of so many mountain towns. Nationwide, the snow sports economy generates $73 billion annually. From lift tickets to hotel rooms to restaurant meals, our rural mountain economies rely on snow as their currency.

Fortunately, a melted future is by no means what has to happen. Though it will take a whole lot of effort, limiting warming to the 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit of the Paris climate agreement is still a possibility. Wind and solar power is getting cheaper and cheaper. Scientists are constantly improving how long batteries to store renewable energy can hold a charge, how quickly they can be recharged, and how cheaply they can be purchased.

There is no escape from using fossil fuels in our lives today; they are woven into the fabric of modern society. We each inherently have carbon footprint, and even though reducing that footprint is a good step forward, it’s not enough. We need to change the system. When we turn on our lights, we need that energy to come from clean sources, created without fossil fuels that cause so much carbon pollution.

US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

  US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. Washington has previously said it won't seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean games, but it does want talks with Kim Jong-Un in an effort to get him to abandon his nuclear program.Asked during a visit to Peru whether Pence might accept an invitation to meet the North Korea delegation, Tillerson – who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis – would not rule it out.

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The solutions are here. We just need to embrace them. That means voting for politicians who will increase funds for clean energy and energy efficiency and not propose drastic cuts. Research shows the vast majority of Americans want the government to invest in green energy and to limit our carbon pollution. But as long as our elected officials continue to prioritize coal, oil and gas, our emissions will continue to grow and our winters will continue to shrink.

And if you don’t love winter as much as I do, then I’ll just remind you that with fewer snow days, we’ll also be getting more extreme heat. For every degree Celsius (1.8 degree Fahrenheit) the planet warms, we could see as many as 34 additional days of heat waves per season. And without a decent snowpack, especially in the West, our rivers and reservoirs will store less and less water that we so desperately need in the warmer months.

A world where everyone’s sweating for an extra month or two, and with far fewer days to chill out on the slopes, is not the inheritance I want for my daughter. What about you? 

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Steven Nyman, an alpine ski racer on the U.S. Ski Team and a three-time Olympian, lives and trains in Park City, Utah. He was named to the 2018 Olympic team but won't be competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to an injury late last month. Follow him on Twitter: @Steven_Nyman

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