(NECN: Marnie MacLean, Bridgton, Maine) - It's been a great winter for New England's ski industry, thanks to abundant snow and cold temperatures.
But some are warning that as many as half of the Northeast's ski mountains could close in the next 30 years because of climate
A group of scientists, environmentalists and ski professionals met in Portland Friday morning to outline what they say is a real threat
to the Northeast's $7 billion winter sports industry.
They point to an overall warming trend across the globe and an accelerated warming in the Northeast. According to
"Not only is snow predicted to disappear at an alarming rate in the next fifty years a lot has already disappeared from the planet," said Porter Fox, editor at Powder magazine and author of "Deep," a book about the impact of climate change on winter sports.
The group is hopeful new rules being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate new power plants and reduce carbon emissions will be a step in the right direction.