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Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Winter Olympics in a Warmer World

A new study from researchers at the University of Waterloo and MCI Management Center suggests that climate change could have an important influence on the selection of future host cities for the winter Olympics. By adding projected climate change to historical baselines for locations that have previously hosted the Olympics, the study evaluates whether those locations would have sufficiently reliable weather to host a future games. The report online is quite light on details of the analysis and its assumptions. Personally, there is a wealth of opportunities for managing the risk, simply by selecting appropriate locations and altering the timing of the games. Nevertheless, it's a very compelling way of thinking about the impacts of climate change.

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