Ice hockey feels the heat

Published: Friday 31 March 2006

Thin ice: Are you game? Ice hockey players recently voiced their protest against the failure of many countries to sign the Kyoto Protocol. They feel that the ineffectiveness of the Kyoto threatens the future of their game.

A series of matches, meant to raise awareness about global warming, were organised under the 'Save Hockey, Stop Climate Change' campaign in many cities across Canada, Sweden, Austria and the us .

The campaign first started during the 2005 United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Montreal last November, where young people started a slushy game of hockey outside the conference to highlight the threat global warming posed to winter sports. The symbolic hockey games commemorated the first anniversary of Kyoto Protocol.

The World Resources Institute, a us -based environmental think tank, has also warned that less snow and shorter and warmer winters threaten the Winter Olympic Games. Ski resorts at lower altitudes would also be affected.

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