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Last year’s snow season in the Swiss Alps was 38 days shorter than in 1970

Climate change is already thawing ski slopes from Utah to Bolivia; now, Europe may be the next to lose its powder. That’s because the Alps (which boast some of Europe’s most popular slopes) are warming almost twice as fast as the global average. The result? Significantly shorter snow seasons, according to Pacific Standard. On average, 2015 snow seasons throughout the Swiss Alps started 12 days later and ended 26 days earlier compared with 1970, scientists reported last month in Climatic Changes. And models suggest this trend will continue. That’s bad news not only for skiers, but also for nearby residents who rely on snowpack to keep water supplies brimming. 

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