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Of 21 Winter Olympic Cities, Many May Soon Be Too Warm to Host the Games

Cross-country skiers at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Distill the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to their essence and you get 15 sports that involve gliding on snow or ice. Because of climate change, though, by 2050 many prior Winter Games locations may be too warm to ever host the Games again.

By midcentury, nine former Winter Olympics sites
may not be reliably cold enough for the Games.

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