x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Warm winter games

Vancouver promised to hold the greenest Winter Olympic games ever. Even the gold in the medals is from discarded circuit boards.

Vancouver promised to hold the greenest Winter Olympic games ever. Even the gold in the medals is from discarded circuit boards. Indeed, the 2010 winter games may go down as such, but not in the way the organisers intended. Mother Nature has decided to lend a helping hand: Vancouver is having its warmest winter in 70 years. The response has been to truck in snow. Certainly, it seems the rest of North America has more than enough to spare. This will no doubt be a blow to the event's environmentally friendly credentials, but it is also a reminder that Mother Nature doesn't hold all the cards.

No longer are alpine ski resorts found only in the Alps; we have one in Dubai. Pristine white sand beaches need not only be found on faraway desert isles; we have one on the Abu Dhabi Corniche filled with "beach sand" from other corners of the country. The 2010 Olympics may not turn out to be as green as expected, but at least it will be white.