Ah, human industry — it warms the climate, resulting in snow-less winters, then ingeniously solves the problem by creating new fake snow made out of shit. The New York Times reports:
This coming ski season, Arizona Snowbowl will become the first ski resort in the world to use 100 percent sewage effluent to make artificial snow.
A federal appeals court ruled [against] a coalition of environmental groups and 13 American Indian tribes, which consider the mountain sacred and view the wastewater snow as a desecration. “It’s a disaster, culturally and environmentally,” said Taylor McKinnon of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the plaintiffs. He worries about the impact on the alpine tundra and to human health should skiers fall into the treated sewer-water snow and ingest it.
The United States Forest Service says the treated water meets the highest standards and is already used to irrigate golf courses, soccer fields and parks, according to Corbin Newman, a regional forester. “Snow-making has become necessary because of climate change,” he said. It allows for a more consistent ski season, bringing money into neighboring Flagstaff, which contracted to sell Snowbowl the water from its sewage treatment plant.
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