Climate Change Has Affected Sports

Climate change and the rise in sea levels could have a devastating effect on elite and grassroots sports in the United Kingdom, a new report has revealed. OSLO (Reuters) – Golf, cricket and soccer are suffering from wetter weather linked to climate change in Britain, the nation which laid down the modern rules for the games, a study said on Wednesday.

The Climate Coalition says that extreme weather has already started affecting the UK sports industry. More downpours meant pitches and fairways were more likely to be soggy or unplayable while sea level rise was also aggravating erosion of coastal golf courses in Scotland, such as Montrose which dates back to 1562. The Climate Coalition says golf, football and cricket face an “unexpected threat”, with cricket to be the “hardest hit”. It adds that rising winter temperatures mean the Scottish skiing industry could collapse within 50 years.

The PICC’s Kate Sambrook and Piers Forster wrote in the report: “Cancelled football matches, flooded cricket grounds and golf courses crumbling into the sea: climate change is already impacting our ability to play and watch the sports we love.”

The main problem is that six of the seven wettest years on record in Britain have been since 2000, said Piers Forster, a professor of climate change at the University of Leeds who contributed to the study.”Britain is particularly susceptible to storms coming in from the North Atlantic,” he told Reuters. Rain, extreme weather and erosion meant “cancelled football matches, flooded cricket grounds and golf courses crumbling into the sea,” it said.

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