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Climate climate change  white christmas is past tense | Newsletter Man-Made

Climate Change: White Christmas Is Past Tense

by: Sharai Hoekema
climate change  white christmas is past tense | Newsletter

Yes, climate change is real and happening. A few notable exceptions aside, this is something that we mostly agree on. And while we might prefer to discuss more uplifting topics at the Christmas dinner table, this one is bound to come up - alongside politics and the current state of the economy, obviously.

Climate Change: White Christmas Is Past Tense

Your uncle or father-in-law will undoubtedly bring up how back when they were young, white Christmases were considered normal. Snowy and cold winters, ideal for huddling together with the family around the fire, swapping stories and gifts. No, then look at today, barely a snowflake in sight, let alone any prospects of a White Christmas shortly.

After another glass of wine, the debate will have sparked - with various relatives claiming that it is all the result of global warming, making the world inherently warmer and therefore crushing any hopes of significant snowfall any time soon.

That is, if you live in or near the Northern Hemisphere - those living near the equator or south of it have always celebrated Christmas on the beach, in bikinis and shorts; once there is even a remote chance of a White Christmas over there, we really ought to get worried.

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Then there is always the chance that the weather will, in fact, take a turn for the worse, preventing said relatives from visiting the family gathering due to excessive snowstorms and blizzards. The remaining family members will quickly commiserate over this as another downside of climate change, causing extreme weather events to be more frequent and significant.

Melting snow, tree, ice

Recommended: CO2 Emissions On The Rise: UN Agency Warns

Be as it may, our chances for a picturesque, cozy White Christmas will be diminishing in years to come. Snow cover and sea ice have been declining dramatically in the Northern Hemisphere, with snow predicted to become an increasingly rarer event. And while your nephews and nieces may be disappointed at the lack of sledding and skiing opportunities, the problem of fewer snow days is actually much greater than just hurting the typical Christmas aesthetic.

It will accelerate global warming, as snow typically reflects the sun’s energy into space, therefore cooling down our planet. When melting, it also provides water for a great number of communities downstream. And this does not even consider the financial and social strain it will put on ski villages and resorts, taking away their lifeblood.

Climate change concerns all of us - and something that will definitely impact Father Christmas as well. Santa would be finding himself in quite a pickle now that he risks losing his gift factories to the melting snowcaps on his native North Pole.

Recommended: Tips: Sustainable Christmas Trees And Decorations

Apart from the urgently growing need for him to relocate his facilities, he would also be facing a problem with his trusty travel companions: his reindeer. Large reindeer populations are threatened by global warming as the Arctic gets warmer and the landscape is altered - changing their habitat permanently and irreversibly.

In some regions, reindeer are already considered an endangered species, such as in southern Canada and the USA. The animals are slowly moving up north. This restriction of their territory will bring a wide range of problems, including the isolation of some populations and the high chances of others interbreeding - with potentially disastrous consequences. Thus, Santa might soon face the unavoidability of replacing Rudolph and his friends.

Not only will we have to change out all reindeer-themed decorations, but we might also find it harder to get our hands on a real, original Christmas tree. Christmas tree farms have found it increasingly harder in recent years to produce a decent harvest due to intensifying extreme weather events, such as the extreme heat and drought in the last few summers and tornadoes and flash floods in the months after.

Hence, you might find yourselves fighting over a limited number of Christmas trees that will be available. And while you are at it, you might consider stocking up on your chocolate supplies early as well. Those of us who treasure fond memories of sitting around with scorching hot cups of cocoa will be alarmed to hear that the world’s chocolate supply is in danger.

A large portion of this supply originates from two countries: Ghana and Ivory Coast. These countries are looking at a huge loss of land suitable for cacao's production and growth, partially caused by unsustainable farming practices that are still employed today, combined with the weather negatively impacting the crops.

That would be a great anecdote for the dinner table discussions: climate change taking away our precious chocolate. And our maple syrup, while we are at it, that we may have just generously poured over our pancakes, cookies, or waffles. The maple trees that deliver this substance thrive in a freeze-and-thaw habitat that can also be impacted negatively by climate change. And if this habitat changes, the trees will change accordingly, possibly reducing their substance production or stopping it altogether.

So, if you wind up in a heated discussion on the effects and causes of climate change, you might be able to plead your case by mentioning how it might even destroy all the things that make Christmas great. If that isn’t a great reason to resolve to green up our lives, nothing is.

Before you go!

Recommended: Wintersport: Fake Snow, Wildlife Destruction

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Climate Change: White Christmas Is Past Tense

Yes, climate change is real and happening. A few notable exceptions aside, this is something that we mostly agree on. And while we might prefer to discuss more uplifting topics at the Christmas dinner table, this one is bound to come up - alongside politics and the current state of the economy, obviously. Climate Change: White Christmas Is Past Tense Your uncle or father-in-law will undoubtedly bring up how back when they were young, white Christmases were considered normal. Snowy and cold winters, ideal for huddling together with the family around the fire, swapping stories and gifts. No, then look at today, barely a snowflake in sight, let alone any prospects of a White Christmas shortly. After another glass of wine, the debate will have sparked - with various relatives claiming that it is all the result of global warming, making the world inherently warmer and therefore crushing any hopes of significant snowfall any time soon. That is, if you live in or near the Northern Hemisphere - those living near the equator or south of it have always celebrated Christmas on the beach, in bikinis and shorts; once there is even a remote chance of a White Christmas over there, we really ought to get worried. Climate Change Then there is always the chance that the weather will, in fact, take a turn for the worse, preventing said relatives from visiting the family gathering due to excessive snowstorms and blizzards. The remaining family members will quickly commiserate over this as another downside of climate change, causing extreme weather events to be more frequent and significant. Recommended:  CO2 Emissions On The Rise: UN Agency Warns Be as it may, our chances for a picturesque, cozy White Christmas will be diminishing in years to come. Snow cover and sea ice have been declining dramatically in the Northern Hemisphere, with snow predicted to become an increasingly rarer event. And while your nephews and nieces may be disappointed at the lack of sledding and skiing opportunities, the problem of fewer snow days is actually much greater than just hurting the typical Christmas aesthetic. It will accelerate global warming, as snow typically reflects the sun’s energy into space, therefore cooling down our planet. When melting, it also provides water for a great number of communities downstream. And this does not even consider the financial and social strain it will put on ski villages and resorts, taking away their lifeblood. Climate change concerns all of us - and something that will definitely impact Father Christmas as well. Santa would be finding himself in quite a pickle now that he risks losing his gift factories to the melting snowcaps on his native North Pole. Recommended:  Tips: Sustainable Christmas Trees And Decorations Apart from the urgently growing need for him to relocate his facilities, he would also be facing a problem with his trusty travel companions: his reindeer. Large reindeer populations are threatened by global warming as the Arctic gets warmer and the landscape is altered - changing their habitat permanently and irreversibly. In some regions, reindeer are already considered an endangered species, such as in southern Canada and the USA. The animals are slowly moving up north. This restriction of their territory will bring a wide range of problems, including the isolation of some populations and the high chances of others interbreeding - with potentially disastrous consequences. Thus, Santa might soon face the unavoidability of replacing Rudolph and his friends. Not only will we have to change out all reindeer-themed decorations, but we might also find it harder to get our hands on a real, original Christmas tree. Christmas tree farms have found it increasingly harder in recent years to produce a decent harvest due to intensifying extreme weather events, such as the extreme heat and drought in the last few summers and tornadoes and flash floods in the months after. Hence, you might find yourselves fighting over a limited number of Christmas trees that will be available. And while you are at it, you might consider stocking up on your chocolate supplies early as well. Those of us who treasure fond memories of sitting around with scorching hot cups of cocoa will be alarmed to hear that the world’s chocolate supply is in danger. A large portion of this supply originates from two countries: Ghana and Ivory Coast. These countries are looking at a huge loss of land suitable for cacao's production and growth, partially caused by unsustainable farming practices that are still employed today, combined with the weather negatively impacting the crops. That would be a great anecdote for the dinner table discussions: climate change taking away our precious chocolate. And our maple syrup, while we are at it, that we may have just generously poured over our pancakes, cookies, or waffles. The maple trees that deliver this substance thrive in a freeze-and-thaw habitat that can also be impacted negatively by climate change. And if this habitat changes, the trees will change accordingly, possibly reducing their substance production or stopping it altogether. So, if you wind up in a heated discussion on the effects and causes of climate change, you might be able to plead your case by mentioning how it might even destroy all the things that make Christmas great. If that isn’t a great reason to resolve to green up our lives, nothing is. Before you go! Recommended:  Wintersport: Fake Snow, Wildlife Destruction Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. 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