Page last updated at 10:32 GMT, Friday, 4 July 2008 11:32 UK

Global warming threat to climbing

Ice climber
Ice climbing has been a popular pursuit in Scotland

An ice climber based in the Highlands has warned warming temperatures threaten the future of the winter pursuit in Scotland.

Neil Smith, of Kyle of Lochalsh, is one of a number of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) climate change witnesses.

The conservation charity has published new research showing the UK is leading the G8 nations in meeting targets aimed at protecting the environment.

But Mr Smith said winter conditions have changed because of milder weather.

He said: "I would hate to see Scottish ice climbing becoming confined to the history books.

"It would be such a shame, but it looks like a real possibility and within a relatively short time period."

Other witnesses in the WWF monitoring scheme have been drawn from Japan, Russia, France and Germany.


SEE ALSO
New 'lookouts' for climate change
18 Jun 08 |  Highlands and Islands
Smaller wind farm gets go-ahead
13 Jun 08 |  Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West
How do I become carbon neutral?
12 Jun 08 |  Tayside and Central

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific