Features, stories, and reported articles written by Julie Brown.

Posts tagged Park City
A Movement Begins

Ski towns making the shift to renewable energy makes sense. They are some of the most vulnerable municipalities in the age of climate change. Low snow years between 2000 and 2010 cost the ski industry $1 billion in revenue, according to a well-known 2012 study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Protect Our Winters that forecasts the impact of climate change on winter tourism. The loss leads to vacant hotel rooms, restaurants, grocery stores, and affects every other business connected to the industry. Jobs vanish; water districts downstream of the mountains—including 60 million people in the West who rely on snowmelt for their drinking water—run dry. River habitat, forests, farms, and reservoirs all suffer as well. 

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