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The most recent Winter Olympics was held in South Korea in 2018. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be in Beijing, and Salt Lake City is a contender for the 2026 Winter Olympics along with three other venues. An interesting perspective on the future of Winter Olympics was written entitled “How climate change is endangering the Winter Olympics” accessible at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/02/climate-change-threatens-winter-olympics/
Write an essay on the topic of ‘How global climate change will affect snowfall and snow accumulation in the western U.S., particularly with respect to snow for Winter Olympic events’. Think about the following questions as you develop background and ideas for your essay:
>Precipitation and drought would be important to the viability of the western U.S. as a Winter Olympic venue and for winter recreation more generally. How are they expected to change? Is this a concern?
>Will the western U.S. continue to be a good host for this event and for winter recreation more generally?
>Could some places in the western U.S. be better than others for such future winter snow- requiring activities?
>What would you recommend to Olympic planners and organizers to better ensure success of Winter Olympic Games and winter recreation in the western U.S.?
>Climate change influencing snowpack will be important to Winter Olympic planning and success, but how might it also be important more generally as related to water issues in the western U.S.?
Current understanding about present and projected changes in precipitation and drought in the U.S. are summarized in Chapters 7 and 8, respectively, of the recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment (https://science2017.globalchange.gov/downloads/CSSR_Ch7_Precipitation.pdf) and https://science2017.globalchange.gov/downloads/CSSR_Ch8_Drought_Floods_and_Wildfires.p df)
You should be able to complete this essay based on the readings provided above plus your own knowledge and analysis/interpretations. The Mann/Kump book may also be helpful. Use in-text citations and references at the end to acknowledge ideas/facts that are not your own.
There is no particular “correct” viewpoint we are looking for, but successful essays are well- written (in your own words), logical, and clearly justified.
The most recent Winter Olympics was held in South Korea in 2018. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be in Beijing, and Salt Lake City is a contender for the 2026 Winter Olympics along with three other venues. An interesting perspective on the future of Winter Olympics was written entitled “How climate change is endangering the Winter Olympics” accessible at https://www.yaleclimateconnections.