Read at The Atlantic
According to a study published in Nature, winter is shrinking across the globe as a result of human-driven climate change, with the most significant declines in snowpack occurring in the southwestern and northeastern United States.
Even as some places deal with unexpected cold, winter is shrinking across the globe as a result of human-driven climate change, according to a study published last month in Nature. The planet is rapidly losing its snowpack, and the declines are the most significant in the southwestern and northeastern United States.
The author, who grew up in New England and now lives in the southwest corner of Colorado, shares her personal experience of witnessing the changing winter seasons and the hazy grief that comes with it. She also highlights the impact of these changes on cold places, such as the tourism economies and water supplies that depend on snow.
I'm alarmed, not only for myself, but because I know that in cold places, so much-tourism economies, water supplies-depends on snow. Much hotter, drier months will upend these ways of life, and when I take it all in, I feel a hazy, hard-to-grasp grief.