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February 19 2013

Climate Change’s Latest Victim: Canada’s Outdoor Ice Rinks

Of all the harmful effects of climate change—bigger storms, more severe droughts and sea level rise, for starters—a group of Canadian scientists have focused on one that hits particularly close to home: melting outdoor ice rinks.

Traditionally, Canada has been home to thousands of tiny backyard skating rinks; a huge number of hockey legends, including Wayne Gretzky, learned the game growing up on these rinks, which can either be custom-made or simply frozen-over ponds. But a report published last year by McGill University scientists looked at temperature data over time and warned that the length of skating season was rapidly contracting, testing the viability of outdoor skating in the future.

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