Global environmental challenges
Only dreaming of a “White Christmas”?
More and more people are only dreaming of a “White Christmas” because of global warming.
That’s the conclusion by my colleague Erik Kirschbaum in a nice story from Berlin today about how climate change is making it less likely that people in the northern hemisphere will see snow at Christmas.
The picture above proves that this year there has been plenty of snow in some places — this snowman was pictured in Central Park, New York, on Dec. 19. According to one report, Canada may get its first country-wide white Christmas in four decades.
But the white Christmas is set to get ever rarer because of climate change.
And the UK Met Office says that a White Christmas isn’t necessarily even white any longer:
“For many a white Christmas means a complete covering of snow, ideally falling on the 25th. However, the definition of an official white Christmas used most widely, notably by those placing and taking bets, is for a single snow flake (perhaps amongst a shower of rain and snow mixed) to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December.”)
So could climate change doom the White Christmas, especially if it’s just down to a single soggy snow flake?
What do you think?