new study has revealed that climate change will threaten global sports events over next three decades. The report was published by Rapid Transition Alliance. This group monitors climate change, development and global issues. Researchers said that nearly all sports would be impacted by what they called " accelerating climate crisis". They highlighted how weather has already disrupted major sports events. Bushfires in Australia made playing conditions hazardous at Australian Tennis Open and torrential rain from huge typhoon disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. report predicts that fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels will cause greater disruption.
Rapid Transition Alliance coordinator Andrew Simms urged sports industry to do more to become carbon-neutral. He said: "Sport provides some of society's most influential role models. If sport can change how it operates to act at speed and scale necessary to halt climate emergency, others will follow." He added that carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are equal to those produced by medium-sized country. report's author, David Goldblatt, said sport should be more proactive. He said: "Making carbon-zero world common-sense priority of sports world would make huge contribution to making it common-sense priority of all politics."