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Climate Changes Devastating Effect On New Hampshire’s Environment and Economy

New Hampshire draws in tourists from all over the country who are looking to enjoy the quiet and pristine environment that this state has to offer. For every season, New Hampshire’s unique climate gives tourists with a vast array of interests the opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreation in a unique way only New Hampshire can provide. From skiing to fishing, the amount of fun that can be had in the outdoors of New Hampshire are endless. These factors are what make tourism New Hampshire’s second largest industry. Yet, climate change (or global warming as it is most commonly known) is changing New Hampshire’s landscape forever. Growing seasons are on average are …show more content…

The 2001/2002 winter had 17 percent fewer skier visits compared to the winter of 2007/2008. This difference in skier visits resulted in $54.3 million in lost revenue. Some might attribute the difference in snowfall from year to year as a natural occurrence because in realistically no two winters will have exactly the same snowfall totals. However, there is evidence that shows there is a trend of shorter winters with lower-snowfall totals. Over the last century, the northeast United States has seen the average annual temperature has increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. For New England specifically, average winter temperatures have increased 4.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 30 years. This temperature increase has greatly affected snow fall in this region. Snowfall has decreased 10 – 60 inches (depending on the region) and decreased the average snow cover season by more than 15 days over the span of only 30 years.

The ski industry on average generates $650 million into the New Hampshire economy. However, due to global warming, the number of New Hampshire ski areas have dropped significantly, especially in lower-elevation resorts that are closer to high population areas. The figure to the right shows the difference in downhill ski area from the years 1975 to 2000. Ski areas are represented by the orange dots on the map. As you can

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