Loss of Alpine snow may force climate action

17th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Amid growing alarm in Germany and Austria at a lack of snow in the Alps this winter, an author and scientist has predicted the crisis will lead to a swing in public opinion and demands for action to counter climate change. Jill Jaeger, 57, a British-born ecologist, said the Alpine tourist industry would have to switch in the years to come from promoting skiing to promoting so-called wellness tourism with an emphasis on health and clean air. German-based Jaeger was launching

17 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Amid growing alarm in Germany and Austria at a lack of snow in the Alps this winter, an author and scientist has predicted the crisis will lead to a swing in public opinion and demands for action to counter climate change.

Jill Jaeger, 57, a British-born ecologist, said the Alpine tourist industry would have to switch in the years to come from promoting skiing to promoting so-called wellness tourism with an emphasis on health and clean air.

German-based Jaeger was launching a book in Berlin entitled, "How Much Can the Earth Stands: Approaches to Sustainability."

Practically no snow has fallen in the German lowlands this summer and snow cover in many Alpine ski resorts has been inadequate, forcing the cancellation of some winter-sports events.

However meteorologists say this is not proof that climate change is happening, just a weather extreme.

Jaeger, who works at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute in Vienna, Austria, attacked the decision of one Austrian resort, Kitzbuehel, truck in 4,000 cubic metres of snow from the high Alps.

She forecast that there would more warm winters and said these had been caused by pollution with greenhouse gases in the 1960s and 1970s.

DPA

Subject: German news

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