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Climate “disrupting sport”

Climate “disrupting sport” 12 February 2018

Golf courses washed into the sea and a doubling of the number of rain–affected cricket matches are among the trends picked up in an alarming report on how climate change is disrupting sport (via The Telegraph)

By Paul Hayward

The R&A, golf’s rule–makers, say extreme weather is now a “huge factor” affecting the domestic game and has contributed to a 20 per cent drop in playing time in Scotland over the past 10 years. The governing body also estimate that 80 links courses are at risk from coastal erosion. Montrose Golf Club have been in the news for losing 70 metres of their course to collapsing coastline.

In cricket, the report – compiled by the Climate Coalition and Priestley International Centre for Climate – finds that 27 per cent of England’s home one–day internationals since 2000 were played with reduced overs on account of rain. The England and Wales Cricket Board say that weather–related emergency grants rose to £1.6?million last year from £1?million 12 months earlier.

The ECB, MCC, Football Association and R&A all endorsed the research, which found some bright spots: among them, nature reserves at the training grounds of Manchester United and City, and a growth in renewable energy at their stadiums.Saturday’s north London derby at Wembley between Spurs and Arsenal will be powered by renewables.

Dame Katherine Grainger, the chair of UK Sport, says: “This report sets out how some of our most iconic British sports are being threatened by a changing climate. Storms and floods are wreaking havoc on football and cricket pitches across the country, historic golf courses are succumbing to higher seas and storm surges, and winter sports are under threat from reducing snow.”

Read more via The Telegraph…