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Climate crisis threatens future of global sport






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Climate change will threaten global sport over the next three decades. A report said nearly all sports would be impacted by "an accelerating climate crisis". It highlighted how the weather had already disrupted major events. Bushfires created dangerous playing conditions at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential typhoon rain disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause more problems.

A researcher asked the sports industry to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most influential role models. If sport can change how it operates to...halt the climate emergency, others will follow." Carbon emissions from global sport are equal to those of a medium-sized country. The report author said sport should be more proactive. He said making sports carbon-neutral would bring a common-sense approach to politics.

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