Feb. 27, 2013
PBS NEWSHOUR looks at how decreasing snowfall affects winter sports
The PBS NEWSHOUR is concluding its year-long Coping with Climate Change project, and on tonight’s broadcast ( Feb. 27,2013) of the final installment, Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan takes a look at how a nationwide decline in snowfall averages is affecting the skiing industry. Visits to skiing areas were down 15 percent in 2012, and a low snowfall winter can cost the U.S. between 13,000 and 27,000 jobs, representing $800 million in unrealized revenue.
“You don't know if you're going to have good snow,” said champion skier Chris Davenport. “You don't know if it's going to come early or late, or if the spring is going to become warm, and the season is going to end prematurely. We just don't have that dependability anymore.”
PBS NewsHour’s Coping with Climate Change series profiled the effects of climate change on people and places all over the country. In previous installments, Coping with Climate Change examined:
Though tonight’s broadcast is the last in the Coping with Climate Change series, the NewsHour will continue to cover the issue both on air and online. Alongside tonight’s broadcast segment, Newshour website will also feature a slideshow of how decreasing snowfall affects other kinds of winter fun and a video on how to make artificial snow
The NewsHour’s year-long Coping with Climate Change series is funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation
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