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2006-12-14 09:38:15

PARIS -- Global warming poses a serious threat to Alpine ski resorts and the regional economies that depend on them, especially in Germany. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which carried out a study of ski areas across the Alps, said Wednesday the mountain chain was "particularly sensitive" to climate change. "Recent warming there has been roughly three times the global average," the report said. Studies show that 1994, 2000, 2002 and 2003 were the warmest years on...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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