Sport & Climate Impacts: How much heat can sport handle?

Synopsis

Jan 31, 2015 - 12:05am

Climate change and extreme weather events threaten the viability of much of Australian sport as it’s currently played, either in the back yard, at local grounds, or in professional tournaments. Football, cricket, tennis and more are struggling to adapt to, or prepare for, the impacts of climate change.

 

With  more extreme heat, changes in rainfall and more intense storms, there are questions about just how far we can push players in elite and local sport. Questions also grow about whether the way some of our sport is played, or watched, is safe or sustainable.

 

Elite venues are improving resilience but local clubs and facilities, the lifeblood of Australian sport, are struggling. As the days over 35C multiply, heat policies will be a matter of life or death as well as industrial relations. Sports may need to learn from policies evolving in outdoor industries.


Here you can find the full report as well as Q&As with athletes and sport officials, as well as infographics, and podcast and presentation of the findings. Click here for the report press release. 

large size sport cover
Read Report
sport and impacts map
ABC's premier sport program coverage (audio + video) of the Sport & Climate Impacts report.
John Connor op-ed on sport and climate impacts in the Daily Telegraph.
Supporting statements on Sport & Climate Impacts by athletes, administrators, and avid sportspeople.
Climate change is having a significant impact on Australian winter sports.
Floods are among climate impacts affecting sporting grounds in Australia.
Review of heat policies across sports. Vast difference in policies between and within particular sports.

 Factsheets


Preferred Energy Sources
 (PDF 60KB)
This factsheet looks at Australians' preferred energy sources.

Demographic Highlights (PDF 51KB)
This factsheet provides some insights into male vs female attitudes and explores differences at how younger and older generations view climate change.  

Concern About Impacts of Climate Change (PDF 75KB)
This factsheet looks at regional differences on attitudes towards various impacts.

Responsibilities, Performance and Carbon Pricing (PDF 63KB)
This factsheet looks at who Australians think is responsible for leading action on climate change and how those groups are performing. Political parties' performance is discussed.

 

 Other Videos


Climate of the Nation 2012
- Overview

The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor discusses the report's key findings.

Climate of the Nation 2012 - Polling Review
Stuart Clark of Ipsos Social Research Institute discusses the quantitative (polling) approach and key findings.

 

Presentation

 

Review or download the key findings on SlideShare.

 

Qualitative + Quantitative Background

Key quantitative questions behind Climate of the Nation 2012, from polling conducted by Ipsos Social Research Institute.

Final qualitative report underpinning Climate of the Nation 2012, conducted by JWS Research.

 

 Thanks  

 
This project was conducted in partnership with Pacific Hydro. The text contributions by Net Balance and GE are also appreciated. 

- See more at: http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/climate-of-the-nation-2012.html/section/479#sthash.SeHhoSKV.dpuf

 Factsheets


Preferred Energy Sources
 (PDF 60KB)
This factsheet looks at Australians' preferred energy sources.

Demographic Highlights (PDF 51KB)
This factsheet provides some insights into male vs female attitudes and explores differences at how younger and older generations view climate change.  

Concern About Impacts of Climate Change (PDF 75KB)
This factsheet looks at regional differences on attitudes towards various impacts.

Responsibilities, Performance and Carbon Pricing (PDF 63KB)
This factsheet looks at who Australians think is responsible for leading action on climate change and how those groups are performing. Political parties' performance is discussed.

 

 Other Videos


Climate of the Nation 2012
- Overview

The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor discusses the report's key findings.

Climate of the Nation 2012 - Polling Review
Stuart Clark of Ipsos Social Research Institute discusses the quantitative (polling) approach and key findings.

 

Presentation

 

Review or download the key findings on SlideShare.

 

Qualitative + Quantitative Background

Key quantitative questions behind Climate of the Nation 2012, from polling conducted by Ipsos Social Research Institute.

Final qualitative report underpinning Climate of the Nation 2012, conducted by JWS Research.

 

 Thanks  

 
This project was conducted in partnership with Pacific Hydro. The text contributions by Net Balance and GE are also appreciated. 

- See more at: http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/climate-of-the-nation-2012.html/section/479#sthash.SeHhoSKV.dpuf

Interviews with athletes, sports managers & others  

Report Foreword by Andrew Demetriou (PDF, 89 KB) - Former CEO of the AFL and Board Member of The Climate Institute Andrew Demetriou wrote the opening words to the report. 

Q&A with Lydia Lassila  (PDF, 87.49 KB) -- An interview with Australian Olympic aerial skier Lydia Lassila, who was among more than 100 Olympians to sign a letter calling for climate action during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.     

Q&A with Andy Newell (PDF 87.51 KB) -- An interview with US Olympic cross-country skier Andy Newell, who led the writing of a letter signed by more than 100 Olympians calling for climate action during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Q&A with Alex and Ali Rance (PDF 100.55 KB) -- An interview with siblings Alex Rance, defender at the Richmond Football Club and Ali Rance, PhD candidate in climate adaptation at RMIT. They discuss the impacts of extreme weather on football, and Alex provides examples of how his training is changing to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Q&A with James Sloan (PDF 97.97 KB) -- An interview with James Sloan, lawyer in Albury, VIC, who spends much of his free time as avid cyclist, canoeist, runner and triathlete.

Q&A with Ricky Bell  (PDF 50.93 KB) -- An interview with Ricky Bell, Infrastructure and Planning Manager at AFL Victoria, about managing sporting grounds during the Millennium Drought, with a focus on synthetic turfs as a key adaptation to changing climate. 

Q&A with Simone Ripamonti (PDF 51.28 KB) -- An interview with Simone Ripamonti, head of Sports Science at Melbourne City Football Club, about how the club prepares players for playing in extreme heat. 

Q&A with Sheila Nguyen (PDF 71.20 KB) -- An interview with Sheila Nguyen of the recently created Sports Environment Alliance, about the role of sporting codes and figures in addressing climate change, and about common adaptations on facilities. 

Q&A with Dr Sarah Perkins (PDF 52.11 KB) -- An interview with UNSW climate scientist Dr Sarah Perkins about the impact of heatwaves on human health.   

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