10 Mar '12, 2am

Memories Lost To Climate Change: End Of Outdoor Ice Skating & Ice Fishing May Be Near

Memories Lost To Climate Change: End Of Outdoor Ice Skating & Ice Fishing May Be Near

Tomato Geezer /CC BY 2.0 "In winter, a section of the Rideau Canal passing through central Ottawa becomes officially the world's largest skating rink. " In Canada, Ottawa's famous Rideau Canal had a shortened skating season this year because of warm weather. Canadian researchers project that because of climate change, the "number of viable ice-flooding days could reach zero by mid-century." Where I live in Eastern Pennsylvania there are virtually no winter sports this year due to unseasonable warmth and those who do want to ski or snow board, for example, are driving north as far as Vermont. I have many wonderful childhood memories of flooding our backyard to make a rink. My Dad would let us run the hose out a basement window. All the kids in the neighborhood would pitch in with snow clearing and sweeping and on weekend evenings we'd have a group skate and maybe a game. By...

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