US Climate and Health Alliance

Tackling Climate Change Through Sports

July 13, 2016 The White House

Athletes of all levels are quickly discovering that this summer is hot—record-breaking hot—making it harder to play and perform. Millions of athletes play sports that are directly impacted by weather and climate. Extreme heat is just one of the impacts from climate change that is already affecting athletes, from professional teams to kids playing their first game of tee-ball. Extreme weather and climate change also pose risks to spectators and event staff, and a number of athletic facilities and infrastructure are in low-lying, flood-prone regions.

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