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US ski industry damaged by climate change
Thursday December 13, 2012 - Email this article to a friend

A new report claims warming temperatures have cost $1b and 27,000 jobs have been lost. Last winter was a poor one in many parts of the US and this year the season has started slowly.

Six years after a number of reports appeared projecting how climate change would damage the ski industry, a study has been published in which researchers attempt to put a financial price on how much damage climate change has caused to ski areas.

The report entitled "Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States" finds that US ski areas have lost a combined $1bn and 27,000 jobs over the last decade as a result of climate change. 

The report has been published by pressure groups Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The study has been compiled by University of New Hampshire researchers.

It comes at a time when US media has recently been publishing stories questioning the impact of climate change on the US industry after a warm 2011-12 season and a poor start so far this winter.

The report's authors predict a rise in temperatures of 4-10 degrees Farenheit by 2100 "if nothing is done" with resulting snow loss of 25-100% and many more billions of dollars and thousands of jobs lost to the US economy.

The report's authors suggest the winter tourism industry put pressure on the US government to do more to cut carbon pollution.

Reporting by Snow24

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