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Unintended Consequences

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Locals of Colorado, a state known for its snowy Rocky Mountains, are raising red flags about the region’s skiing industry. They are concerned about the increasing carbon footprint caused by the luxury travel of non-locals to hit the slopes. Personal planes to the area create more carbon emissions.

In addition, the region recently witnessed not only a prolonged drought period that lasted through December 2021 but also horrific forest fires. The Aspen resident who once coordinated the city’s climate response said the region has lost 30 frost days and has experienced a temperature increase of 3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1980 due to greenhouse gas emissions. Will Aspen and other Colorado skiing areas start restricting non-local visitors?

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