29 minutes | Jan 26th 2021

Backyard Rinks On Borrowed Time | Episode 21

Winter lovers are feeling the heat and a group of amateur scientists are keeping score.  Climate change is making winters warmer, shorter and less snowy. On this episode of the Big Blue Marble, Robert McLeman Co-Director of Rink Watch, explains how a cherished and time-honoured Canadian winter tradition of backyard rink-building is beginning to melt away. “We are seeing a real shrinkage in the length of outdoor skating seasons and the number of high quality skateable days from Toronto to Windsor.” An environmental scientist at Canada’s, Wilfrid Laurier University, McLeman and his team have enlisted hundreds of citizens from across North America to report on daily skating conditions on their backyard rinks. Find out how our iconic winters are changing along with the opportunities to enjoy it.
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