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US News China: In Beijing, Olympic Games 100% Artificial Snow

04:25  28 january  2022
04:25  28 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Près de 300 canons à neige vont bombarder les pistes olympiques de Yanqing et Zhangjiakou au nord-ouest de la capitale chinoise pendant ces jeux d’hiver. © AP - Andy Wong Nearly 300 snow guns will bomb the Yanqing and Zhangjiakou Olympic slopes northwest of the Chinese capital during these winter games .

According to a report published by researchers from the English University of Loughborough, the Olympic Games and winter sports in general would be threatened by global warming. The absence of precipitation will not preclude the kickoff of the Beijing Olympics on February 4, but with trails made up of artificial snow.

with our correspondent in Beijing, Stéphane Lagarde

of the "Snow Guns". According to this British report , nearly 300 snow guns will bomb the Yanqing and Zhangjiakou Olympic slopes northwest of the Chinese capital during the winter games that will begin on February 4th. Because if he has snowed over the region in recent days, as in Sochi, Russia or Pyeongchang, South Korea, natural snow is not enough.

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"Winter games could not be done without artificial snow reminds Gan Yiwei, Greenpeace China activist. But what we need to pay attention to it is the source of the water. This comes from mountain tanks created by the government and the collection of surface water. This does not affect the water table. No matter the snow, artificial or natural, what matters is that it is sustainable. The equivalent of 800 Olympic pools

water a sensitive subject in China, and Greenpeace as other non-governmental organizations must regularly obtain the approval of the Chinese authorities to renew their license. The ecological organization also refers to the implementation of a powerful water recycling system for these games that could be exported elsewhere.

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"From a German point of view and the point of the environment, esteem Lhoma, German designer of sports equipment, it is a problem that most of the snow is artificial. But for the competition, the snow of the Beijing Games is excellent.

The Snow Canon Sound Competitions, Way Games "Shadocks" forced to pump both and more, to unroll the white carpet under the spatulas and quarters of the athletes. According to the NGO

China Water Risk , the equivalent of 800 Olympic pools will be needed to create the artificial snow of these 2022 winter games. And while waiting for the air-conditioned stages of the football world cup in Qatar.

Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank affected by a rare episode of snow .
© Ammar Awad Jerusalem, Thursday. Children play snow in front of the rock dome. Reuters / Ammar Awad The snow covers roads from Israel, busy West Bank and the holy places of Jerusalem this Thursday. This is the result of a rare storm in this little used region to be covered with a thick white coat.

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