Podcast: Climate change and winter sports


A skier on the slopes. Image: Emma Paillex on Unsplash

By Claire Moore

Daniel Scott, a professor and the executive director of the University of Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change. Image: Daniel Scott

Great Lakes Echo reporter Claire Moore chats with University of Waterloo, Ontario, professor Daniel Scott about how climate change may affect skiing and other winter sports in eastern North America in the coming decades.

Scott is the executive director of the university’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change. In  a 2019 journal article, he wrote that keeping greenhouse gas emissions down is “crucial to preserve the Eastern North America ski tourism marketplace.”

In this podcast episode, Scott describes lower emissions scenarios, how artificial snowmaking has aided the ski industry during rough patches and how the Paris Climate Agreement — which the U.S. left  in November 2020 — ties in to keeping winter sports alive.

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