Seduced and abandoned: tourism and climate change in the Alps

Rising temperatures have contributed to the decline of hundreds of ski resorts on Italian slopes

Deserted ski lifts and ruined hotels are some of the relics of a tourist industry that first seduced and then abandoned the Alps, along with cement, steel cables, paved car parks and deforested slopes.

From Piedmont to Friuli, there are hundreds of abandoned ski resorts in Italy. Researchers counted 186 in 2011, a number that is likely to have grown since.

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