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The Thawing Of Outdoor Rinks

from Aly Thomson of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Canada’s favourite pastime is on its way to being an indoor-only sport in some areas of the country, a new study warns.

The study, released Monday by United Kingdom-based IOP Publishing, says outdoor ice hockey in Canada is being threatened by climate change.

Lawrence Mysak, co-author of the report and a professor at McGill University in Montreal, Que., said warmer winter temperatures caused by climate change is restricting the operation of ice rinks.


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Evilpens's avatar

Yep go tell Europe about global warming when they have more snow than they know what to do with

Posted by Evilpens on 03/05/12 at 12:36 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

All I know is I only got 1 weekend of poor ice to play on this winter in Mid-Michigan. Global warming, El Nina, North Atlantic oscillation, giant flame throwers from space, whatever. It was a major bummer.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/05/12 at 12:56 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

We haven’t had crap for outdoor ice here in North Dakota.  “Unseasonably” warm?  Shit yes.  Supposed to hit 44 tomorrow.  WTF is that?  We have finally had snow on the ground for longer than three days.  Forecast to hit FIFTY on Tuesday…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/05/12 at 02:41 AM ET

Primis's avatar

It has’t been exactly unseasonably warm here in MI, however we never really got the cold bursts like normal.

I still don’t buy global warming.  This sort of stuff has been proven and cycling…

Posted by Primis on 03/05/12 at 11:01 AM ET


Unfortunately, people get so stuck on the “global warming” name without realizing there’s a lot more to it than just warmer weather.  Not sure why it’s so hard to “buy” that humans do, in fact, have an effect on environmental changes, just like everything else in the world does.

Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 03/05/12 at 12:52 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Google Krakatoas ! It was an Island that blew up because of a Huge Volcano & it threw more pollution in the air than the entire Industrial revolution combined & that was the Yr. without a summer where it snowed in the US in july ! & the Earth as it ALWAYS does healed itself.

Posted by Evilpens on 03/05/12 at 01:05 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Krakatoa I meant

Posted by Evilpens on 03/05/12 at 01:06 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

The 1883 eruption
Main article: 1883 eruption of Krakatoa
Evolution of the islands around Krakatoa (French).

While seismic activity around the volcano was intense in the years preceding the cataclysmic 1883 eruption, a series of lesser eruptions beginning in mid-June 1883 led up to the disaster. The volcano released huge plumes of steam and ash lasting until late August.

On August 27 a series of four huge explosions almost entirely destroyed the island. The explosions were so violent that they were heard 3,500 km (2,200 mi) away in Perth, Western Australia and the island of Rodrigues near Mauritius, 4,800 km (3,000 mi) away.[5] The pressure wave from the final explosion was recorded on barographs around the world, which continued to register it up to 5 days after the explosion. The recordings show that the shockwave from the final explosion reverberated around the globe 7 times in total.[12] Ash was propelled to a height of 80 km (50 mi). The sound of the eruption was so loud it was said that if one was within ten miles (16 km), they would go deaf.

The combined effects of pyroclastic flows, volcanic ashes, and tsunamis had disastrous results in the region. The official death toll recorded by the Dutch authorities was 36,417, although some sources put the estimate at more than 120,000. There are numerous documented reports of groups of human skeletons floating across the Indian Ocean on rafts of volcanic pumice and washing up on the east coast of Africa up to a year after the eruption.

Average global temperatures fell by as much as 1.2 degrees Celsius in the year following the eruption. Weather patterns continued to be chaotic for years and temperatures did not return to normal until 1888.

Posted by Evilpens on 03/05/12 at 01:08 PM ET

tgummerer's avatar

Average global temperatures fell by as much as 1.2 degrees Celsius in the year following the eruption. Weather patterns continued to be chaotic for years and temperatures did not return to normal until 1888.

Well the Volcano doesn’t throw out as much CO2 probably but more Ash which reflects the Sun. Therefore the lower temperatures. It has nothing to do with the global warming that is experienced today.

Posted by tgummerer on 03/05/12 at 06:34 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

took 5 years for the Earth to heal itself & return to normal weather !!an explosion that was heard 3,000 miles away ! that is like Mt. St. Helens blowing up & Me in western Pa. Hearing it ! That is a massive explosion !

Posted by Evilpens on 03/05/12 at 06:56 PM ET

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it threw more pollution in the air than the entire Industrial revolution combined

Sure would like some evidence for that statement as it was not contained in the article you posted.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 03/05/12 at 10:13 PM ET

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