lørdag 29. januar 2022

China claims to be holding the greenest Olympics. So why has it built a ski resort in the middle of a nature reserve?

China has touted its newly completed Olympic ski venue as an example of its commitment to making the Beijing Games the greenest and cleanest in history. But there's just one problem -- it was built in the middle of a nature reserve. Chinese organizers say the National Alpine Ski Center in Yanqing, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from central Beijing, will be 100% powered by wind and solar energy

According to satellite images and official maps analyzed by CNN, the ski center tears through the former core area of Songshan National Nature Reserve, a park founded in 1985 to protect its dense forests, alpine meadows and rich biodiversity. By the time Beijing won the bid for the 2022 Winter Games in 2015, the boundaries of the reserve had been redrawn to exclude the area where the ski field is now built. The new boundaries cover a larger total area, but critics say that's unlikely to compensate for the loss of wildlife habitat and damage to the site's delicate ecosystem from building the venue.