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The Home of Cricket Goes Into Bat Against Climate Change

By Jess Shankleman

Source: Met Office

Source: Met Office

England’s home of cricket said it’s joining the fight against climate change to avert more damage from severe weather that has already cost millions of pounds and wrecked historic grounds where the sport is played.

Marylebone Cricket Club signed an agreement with EDF Energy Plc that shifts its electricity consumption to 100 percent renewable energy, according to a statement released Tuesday. The club’s Lord’s cricket ground made the move after new figures showed storms and flooding linked to climate change caused more than 3.5 million pounds ($4.3 million) of damage across 57 cricket clubs in a single stormy month.

“We know that climate change made the record wet weather in December 2015 considerably more likely,” said Piers Forster, director of the Priestley International Center for Climate, in a statement released by a group of civil society groups called The Climate Coalition. “U.K. weather will always bowl us the odd googly, but climate change is making them harder to defend against.”

Storm Desmond in December 2015 brought severe gales and heavy rainfall across Britain, causing power cuts and flooding thousands of people out of their homes. That winter was the second wettest since records began in 1910, with rainfall 160 percent heavier than experienced over almost three decades running to 2010, according to the U.K.’s Met Office.

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Finding Solutions by Harnessing the Power of Our Partnerships

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By Ben Ainslie

Land Rover BAR's T3 flies along during summer training. (L-R) Bowman - Matt Cornwell, Grinder - Nick Hutton, Grinder - Ed Powys, Grinder - Xabier Fernandez, Wing Trimmer, Bleddyn Mon, Skipper - Ben Ainslie. (c) Harry KH/Land Rover BAR

The world gathered in Morocco recently for COP22, the first meeting since the Paris Agreement – the first truly global and binding agreement on climate change with implications for the global economy and businesses everywhere.

I thought I had a reasonably good understanding of the environmental and global issues surrounding climate change. But after a recent visit to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and the British Antarctic Survey with my team Land Rover BAR and some of our Partners, it has all become a lot more immediate, more frightening and obvious that the need for action is urgent.

We spent two days at the University of Cambridge for a programme of talks and meetings called Inspiring Sustainability through Partnership. It was sponsored by our Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing, co-founded by Wendy Schmidt, and delivered by CISL.

The scariest thing that resonated the most with me was the impact that climate change will have on the next generation. In the last 30 years climate change has accelerated and we have lost the equivalent of a third of the size of Europe in Arctic sea ice. The impact of this change is an infrastructure breakdown in some parts of the world, with increased conflict and migration as people are displaced in their efforts to survive; and agriculture and food supply are lost through extreme weather events, such as huge droughts or severe flooding.

We have already seen a one degree global temperature rise since pre-industrial levels. I’ve got a 3-month old daughter and if we continue to do nothing then in her lifetime she will see a further three degree global increase. It will lead to a sea level rise of almost a metre and potential loss of over 24 per cent of the mammals and half of the plant species currently on the planet.

In that scenario we can anticipate massive disruption to society as individuals and nations struggle for the resources – water, food, energy – required to survive.

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Pac-12 to Host First Conference-Wide College Sports Sustainability Summit

Announcement Part of White House OSTP Call to Action To Tackle Climate Through Sports

SAN FRANCISCO – Today as part of a series of announcements made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on sports and sustainability, the Pac-12 Conference, alongside its member universities, pledged to take a leadership position in promoting sustainability through sports.

In an effort to influence conferences and universities around the country on this important issue, the Pac-12 will host the first conference-wide college sports sustainability summit in June 2017 in Sacramento, Calif. as part of the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. This event will convene sustainability officers from across the conference to design new collective initiatives and share best practices to transform college sports into a platform for environmental progress.

“Our member universities and athletics departments are national leaders in minimizing their impact on the environment,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “In hosting this summit, we look forward to convening an esteemed group of experts to design new initiatives and share best practices to enhance our collective efforts.”

The pledge was part of a larger push to use sports to address climate change. Earlier this year, the OSTP put out a call to action to capture new commitments and actions that leagues, teams, and organizations were taking in the climate space. Today’s announcement by the OSTP featured the Pac-12’s commitment along with other organizations’ pledges to minimize the environmental impact of their footprint and increase their response to counter the impact of climate change.

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