Let's balance out

Let's balance out: one good and one bad news about the climate. The world of sports at COP26 to reduce its climate impact
Published by Ludovica Luvi F. on 2021-11-11
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Here you can find the article of last week. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?

How much does your favorite sport pollute? Think about when you go to see a football match: how much trash is left on the stands? How much electricity is needed to light up an entire stadium?

As Wired tells us, at COP26, the climate summit that is held this year in Glasgow, the world of sport is making an effort to reduce its climate impact. In front of the perspective of climate crisis nothing can stay as it always has been, especially if among all the stuff that is going to be taken away from us there are sports as well. So it really makes my heart warm to know that in these days in Glasgow, many of the most important sports organizations are agreeing to sign the plan to reach zero emissions by 2040.

According to a research released in COP26, a billion people could be affected by a phenomenon called heat stress, if the temperature rises of just 2C. This happens when the combination of heat and humidity crosses the temperature of 35C, then our body is physically unable to cool itself by sweating. That is why one of the main global objectives is to keep the the temperature rise below 1.5°C.

Just think that in summer 2020, more than a quarter of the US population has suffered of the effects of extreme heat, such as nausea and cramps.
If you want to know more, read this article by The Guardian!

Illustrations by Gabriela
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