By djberg on Jan 02, 2007
Happy new year every one! I just got back from a great holiday break. I spent most of the break in Kitzbühel, Austria for a family holiday. Kitzbühel is a great little town and is a great place to ski. Well, normally it is a great place to ski. This year it has been far too warm for it to be good skiing.
If you have not seen An Inconvenient Truth yet, you should. The documentary stars former US Vice-President Al Gore and focuses on the impact of global warming. I consider myself a rather scientific person which usually means that I like to see as much evidence and data as possible before I form an opinion. I do realize that facts and data can be twisted to present whatever perception the author intends, much like the book State of Fear from Michael Crichton. However, I don't think anyone can really argue with reality. The reality is that the Alps is having its warmest year in over 1300 years, which of course means a total lack of snow.
Yes it was an inconvenience for my skiing trip, but that is nothing to what it could mean for everyone in the not too distant future. I am not trying wave my arms and say we are all doomed, but the debate over the years about global warming is becoming less of a debate and more of a simple reality.
As a fan of winter sports I would really hate to see places like Kitzbühel be turned into the next Flint, Michigan. The only difference would seem that Flint was ruined by a single industry vs. potentially ruining a planet by an entire species. Argue what you want, but I don't think that less pollution would be a bad thing, would it?
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