Paris Olympics threatened by looming climate crisis
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24.06.2024 France Paris   13
Paris Olympics threatened by looming climate crisis

As the 2024 Paris Olympics approach, environmental scientists are warning of the threat posed by extreme heat during the Games. The report, titled "Rings of Fire," sheds light on concerns about the potential health risks athletes could face due to scorching July and August temperatures expected in 2024.

Highlighting Given the severity of the problem, leading athletes such as Lord Sebastian Coe and participants in various sports have expressed fears about the possibility of competitors collapsing or even dying due to heat-related conditions. This concern stems from the unprecedented high temperatures observed in 2023 and the continuation of this trend in 2024.

The report by the University of Portsmouth, Climate Co Central and Front Runners, supported by the British Sustainable Sport Association and Climate Central's expertise offers five key recommendations. They aim to protect the well-being of both athletes and spectators, calling for stronger safety measures and a review of fossil fuel sponsorship in sport.

Eleven Olympians, including multiple world champions and Olympic medalists, worked closely together with climate scientists and leading thermal physiologists in compiling the report. Their findings highlight the urgent need to take proactive measures to mitigate the growing risks posed by climate change to sporting events.

Reflecting on the lessons of past events such as the extremely hot Tokyo Games , where temperatures rose above 34°C, the report draws parallels with the current climate crisis, exacerbated by fossil fuel emissions. Hot conditions in Paris are expected to exceed those in Tokyo due to record global temperatures experienced during 2023 and 2024.

The report also mentions a devastating heat wave in France in 2003 that killed more than 14,000 people are dying, and there are warnings of similar risks during the Paris Olympics, citing a significant rise in temperatures in the region since the city last hosted the Games a century ago.

The Olympic Games in Paris are scheduled for the period from July 26 to August 11, 2024. Stakeholders are urged to prioritize climate resilience and safety measures to ensure the Games can be held without compromising the well-being of participants and visitors.

Source: timesofindia

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