Sports and Climate Change: The Impact and Adaptation

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Sports and Climate Change: The Impact and Adaptation
As the sport industry takes steps towards sustainability, it is increasingly important to understand how to respond to climate change. While sports do not cause climate change, they are exposed to its impacts through their activities: transporting equipment and fans across the world; operating venues which rely on fossil fuels for heating and cooling; and waste management practices that create pollution.

Moreover, the impact of เล่นเกมส์ออนไลน์ที่ เว็บยูฟ่า climate change on sporting events and athletes themselves is often underestimated. For example, during the 2019 US Open, extreme heat conditions prompted tournament organizers to implement rules that allow players to take ‘heat breaks’ during their matches, while wildfires in Australia forced some teams to cancel events and train away from home. Athletes can also suffer from a number of health risks due to climate change, including heat stress, exposure to allergens and air pollutants and the spread of infectious diseases (Ouellette, 2014).

Sports and Climate Change: The Impact and Adaptation

The relative paucity of research investigating organized competitive sport and climate change may be explained by the siloed nature of academic sport research, where researchers focus on their area of expertise and may not feel that they are in a position to attribute phenomena such as hotter temperatures or increased storminess to climate change (Orr & Inoue, 2019).

However, there is also a great deal of work being done to address these issues by the sports industry itself, with initiatives such as the Green Sports Alliance promoting environmentally friendly facilities, the NBA working on water conservation strategies for its arenas and clubs, and the NFL partnering with non-governmental organisations in local communities to help them manage droughts (Moreno, 2018).

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