Olympic legend says winter sports are being devastated by global warming | TheHill – The Hill
Snowboarding legend Shaun White said the effects of climate change make him feel “very helpless” as rising temperatures endanger the future of winter sports.
The 3-time Olympic gold medalist addressed his concerns during a recent interview with the BBC, telling the outlet he’s “noticed so much going on with climate change because the seasons are so different.”
“I’ve witnessed basically dry spells in the mountains where there’s just no snow and there are tons of snow somewhere else that normally doesn’t get that much snow,” White said.
“And so our seasons have been pushed. Usually, by November, we’d be covered in snow in the United States but it is just dry right now,” he added.
White, a 10-time ESPY award winner and X-Games world record holder, told the outlet global warming will make the future of winter sports “very interesting,” but acknowledged that thoughts of the future are deeply troubling.
“It’s very concerning and is something that I’m very aware of because I’m a professional snowboarder. I guess climate change, for me, makes me feel very helpless,” White said.
White’s comments come as world leaders are holding discussions at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, searching for resolutions to rising global temperatures.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) released an analysis Thursday, which concluded commitments made at the COP 26 talks could keep the increase in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.
But the agency cautioned that the mark is still above the Paris climate agreement, which seeks to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“What is essential is for governments to turn their pledges into clear and credible policy actions and strategies today. Ambitions count for little if they are not implemented successfully,” IEA said.
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