Observed decreases in the Canadian outdoor skating season due to recent winter warming (8 page pdf, Nikolay N Damyanov, H Damon Matthews and Lawrence A Mysak, Environmental Research Letter, Mar. 5, 2012)
Also discussed here: Outdoor skating rinks threatened by climate change(Canadian press, Mar. 5, 2012)
Today we review a scientific paper that examined the length of the outdoor skating season (OSS) in Canada as a result of climate warming during the winter over the last 50 years which has been more than 2 deg C greater than expected from anthropogenic warming alone. The result is that the OSS has become shorter in all regions except, ironically, in hockey’s home in Nova Scotia. With future warming, because of climate change , there is even the prospect of outdoor hockey rinks disappearing altogether, a sobering thought for many Canadian sport enthusiasts (and Russians who likely would see the same trend).
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