The headlines are enough to send a cold shiver through the bones of even the most bundled up hockey fan. “Face-Off: How Climate Change Could End Outdoor Hockey”, proclaims TIME, in a report on a new peer-reviewed paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Canadian newspapers, normally mild mannered, are uniformly worked up: even the National Post, often skeptical of climate science, says that “Global Warming Could Spell the End of Canada’s Outdoor Hockey Rink”. England, bastion of hockey fandom, is getting in on the excitement: According to The Guardian, “Climate Change Could Make Canada’s Traditional Ice Hockey Extinct”.
There’s only one problem: the paper, “Observed decreases in the Canadian outdoor skating season due to recent winter warming”, doesn’t say anything of the sort.