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Re: “SOS: Save our snow

I think this story, about such a grave topic such as global warming is lacking in depth and proper explanation. First of all I want to premise my response on the fact that I am an advocate for ways to stop global warming and I am not refuting the fact that it's happening to our planet, but for those who are skeptical, and they are out there, I don't feel this article explains enough. Some information I'd like to see is, 1) Average snowfall totals - this year, last, and even throughout the past century, in the areas and resorts mentioned by the Olympians and other sources from the story. 2) Some scientific facts and background on global warming- How fast it seems to be occurring,(statistics on temperatures) what proof there is of it, besides "rising overnight temperatures" and "resorts losing one day to 1.2 days per season over the past sixteen years." On a deeper note: To me this means that for an average 150-day ski season in Colorado, in during the next 134 years the ski seasons will slowly diminish day by day and then dissipate altogether? If this is the projected scenario than this is very grave case indeed and needs to be explained in more depth. But for argument's sake, let's say we refute this scenario, using Colorado resorts as an example. It is now February and the resorts are receiving above average, even record snow falls in some areas. Maybe the Olympians should have followed the snow here this season. I understand that it is common knowledge, especially with Al Gore's testimony as to the climate change, that the polar ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising (as mentioned by the editor in "Long Story Short") but again, because this is such a serious topic it needs more scientific testimony. One thing it did do right is mention some of the solutions, although even these were incomplete. For example it says, Ference changes "household lightbulbs" to help the environment, but my question is, changes them to what? I think it's missing, "to compact fluorescent bulbs." Also it says Jacobellis takes shorter showers, which I think is all well, but again the reporter forgot to mention low-flow shower heads and toilets, which also aid in water conservation. I am writing this as a sincerely concerned reader about the topic of global warming and feel this article just softens the blow a little bit too much as to the gravity of the situation, while insinuating the whole time that it is an issue we're dealing with. I'm not discrediting these Olympians' and athletes' abilities to personally testify to the slowly decrease in snowfall averages throughout the world, all I'm asking for is some credible scientific evidence to back it up. As a 26-year-old Colorado resident for the majority of my life who is witness to incredulous snow storms, blizzards and ski seasons, I sure haven't seen it for myself, especially this year.

Posted by Roller on 02/07/2008 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Fit for a pope

That sounds like quite an experience! It makes me want to visit Poland just for the chocolate; I'm a sucker for it!

Posted by Roller on 12/17/2007 at 4:25 PM

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