Climate Change and Sports

As the world warms, one often overlooked issue is its effects on sports and recreation. While not as life-threatening as extreme weather or as costly as droughts, climate change’s impacts on sports is something that’s becoming increasingly common.


One of the clearest findings of climate science is that global warming amplifies the intensity, duration and frequency of extreme heat events. These events occur on multiple time scales, from a single day or week, to months or entire seasons. When heat extremes last for a period of several consecutive days, the event is called a heat wave. Globally, the number and duration of heat waves as well as the frequency of hot days and nights has increased since 1950 in response to rising temperatures.