WARM WEATHER WOES Skiing and climbing mountains in a warming world
Posted on 09/28/2015 | About France
The Alps are the birthplace of downhill skiing and also attract mountain climbers from everywhere – but things are changing. Now, the French government is trying to help towns at the heart of the lucrative tourism industry adapt to a warming world.
Last week French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the Sea of Ice on Mont Blanc, where the retreating glacier has been marked over more than a century. It's been a major tourist attraction since the 19th century, and scientists say the area is becoming increasingly unstable.
Ski stations at mid-altitude are particularly vulnerable to increasingly inconsistent snow, threatening jobs in a region that depends heavily on tourism.
Valls was visiting the region to highlight France's role as host in the global summit on climate change in November.