Flashcards in Impact Of Climate Change Case Study Deck (5)
What were the responses in lower level resorts?
Plans to build new ski lift to link resorts but this will have environmental impact
Artificial snow is cannoned onto slopes
In low level parts of Austria and Italy 40% of resorts have to make their own snow which is expensive and damages vegetation
What are the impacts on alpine environments?
Glacial retreat =
Rockslides and avalanches
Meltwater contributes to rising sea levels
Harmful pollutants trapped in ice are released into the environment polluting streams and lakes
What are the new developments in the high alps?
The building of ski lift resorts and hotels damage natural habitats
Trees cut down to make way for developments
Over use of slopes for skiing will damage vegetation
What are the other impacts?
Disruptions in HEP power supply may result in limited energy supplies to some settlements
Once a glacier has completely melted the amount of melt water decreases and this affects, agriculture irrigation and HEP
It may result in closure of business's and people will have to move away