If you live in New York and are snowed in for Winter Storm Stella, here's some fun reading.
Porter Fox's 2014 New York Times article "The End of Snow" predicted dire things for the world... namely that we might be headed toward a snow-less future because of -- wait for it -- global warming. That year, the Winter Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia, were plagued with spring-like weather. Slate described what viewers could already tell by watching from home: "Skiers landed in puddles at the bottom of their runs, snow was trucked in from more northern mountains, and tourists were caught sunbathing between events."
Fox laments, “The facts are straightforward: The planet is getting hotter.... [W]ith a rise in the average global temperature of more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit possible by 2100, there might not be that many snowy regions left in which to hold the Games. Europe has lost half of its Alpine glacial ice since the 1850s, and if climate change is not reined in, two-thirds of European ski resorts will be likely to close by 2100. The same could happen in the United States, where in the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters.”
Tell that to Americans living in the northeast right about now, as snow blankets their urban streets. Wait, what's that you say? The snowstorm is also being blamed on global warming? Yep. According to The Daily Caller:
Climatologist and environmental writer Eric Holthaus linked the storm to man-made global warming in a Daily Beast article.
Holthaus wrote that “[t]wo studies published last year argue that climate change may be making the ingredients for big East Coast snowstorms more likely.”
So which is it, global warming fear-mongers? I guess the facts aren't as straightforward as the New York Times wants you to believe.