Rising and falling in this week's landscape news: the rise of artificial snow and the fall of a Chinese agricultural spy, the rise of corn and the fall of male frogs.
The End of Ski Resorts?
All right, let's get the laughs about snow and Sochi out first. While the Russian city can probably hoard and make enough snow to get through the Olympics, ski resorts are faced with that same problem year after year. Artificial snow created the stability that made ski resorts profitable—if customers want to ski over Christmas, you've gotta have snow—but, as it becomes hotter and drier with climate change, there won't be enough water to make the powder. [The Daily Climate]