As the 2014 Winter Olympics continue on in Sochi, Russia, we reached a moment of perplexity this week when this AP news piece came out:
Temperatures in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, are apparently so warm that snow is melting, athletes are getting sunburned, and that it gives it all a feeling of summer games…
The AP Press wire states:
With temperatures rising on the Black Sea coast, the Sochi Olympics are starting to feel more like the Summer Games.
On Monday, these Sub-Tropical Olympics really started to heat up with temperatures soaring to 16 degrees C (61 degrees F). That led to skiers in the mountains above Sochi putting snow in their racing suits to cool down, and left ski jumpers landing in puddles.
“I’m trying to hide from the sun here because I feel like I’m getting red,” said Chemmy Alcott, a British skier who competed in the super-combined race.
The weather could get even warmer by the end of the week. Organizers said the temperature could reach 17 C (63 F) on Thursday.
With this surreal conditions, Athletes are starting to call for action on Climate Change too. This week, U.S. Ski Team Member Andrew Newell and 105 Winter Olympians have issued a Call for Climate Action. They want world leaders to take action on climate change and to prepare a commitment to a global agreement prior to the UN Framework Convention in Paris in 2015:
“Recognize climate change by reducing emissions, embracing clean energy and preparing a commitment to a global agreement at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris 2015.”
The recent conditions in Sochi and the warm temperatures are indeed a good timing to raise awareness about the unpredictable weather conditions and warm temperatures witnessed during the Games.