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Global Warming Risk and its Impact on Sport

Daytona International Speedway, in May 2009, saw a rainfall in the area so massive, the entire track was underwater for days. In less than 100 years, even on a sunny day, NASCAR’s most famous race might be better achieved with boats instead of cars. Due to rising sea levels, melting ice caps, and heating of the climate, global warming could see this racetrack and stadiums of all sports along coastal lines permanently flooded. Is the sporting industry at all responsible for the ongoing effects of global warming?

Global warming, the accelerated heating of the climate caused by the massive release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (gases which trap and send heat back to earth instead of into space), can dramatically affect sports in the future, but is also affecting how athletes and organizations are performing today.

January 1, 2011: Sledding Risk Management 101

As a kid, I opted to go sledding when my parents took us to the ski slopes. It’s easier than skiing, doesn’t require much in the way of specialized equipment and can be done anywhere that there is a slope and snow. When I was a kid, I never saw anyone wear a helmet for any sport (except football) as those were the days when parents sent their kids out the door in the morning to play and they didn’t come in the house until the sun set. With time and constant reports by the media about the dangers of virtually everything, kids are more strictly supervised, and everyone should be wearing helmets.

July 16, 2010: Global Warming and the Future of Sport and Recreation

Lance Armstrong commented today on the intense heat of the Tour de France and he was not just talking about the competition. Temperatures have climbed to the mid-90’s in the valleys that the cyclists have ridden through. It is July after all. A few decades ago, hot temperatures like this might have been considered a fluke. Now, with global warming upon us, athletes and event organizers have to consider the impact the weather has on sport and recreation.