Sunday, February 15, 2015

Global warming could threaten summer sports

Just saw this (the Energy Collective is one of the featured blogs on MY blog).

Hey Sports Fans: Time to Deal with Climate Change, and it Won't be Cheap

It's about the situation in Australia, but it also talks about the U.S. as well:

"Host cities and organizers will be forced to cancel, postpone or perhaps even move outdoor sporting events to alternate locations or shift them to different seasons of the year. This could be a big deal for the sports (entertainment) industry. Sport is embedded in Australian society – central to culture and economy. It is not different in American society with both professional and ‘amateur’ sports deeply rooted in American popular culture. The popularity of all kinds of sports is sky-high – including fan interest and support. At the same time, the impacts of climate change on sport are far-reaching. Extreme heat in particular can affect the health of athletes and spectators."
What about winter sports, you are thinking to yourself?

"Consider another example from the [Climate Institute's Sports and Climate Report] regarding winter sports: “Nine out of the 16 world cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics in the 20th century could not again guarantee proper snow conditions by the end of the 21st century.”

That's not good either.

And I doubt this is a solution that works for everybody and it really slows you down on the court, too:

The "Veskimo" personal cooling vest

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