Why Sports Air Travel Is Still a Key Carbon Emitter

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The Sustainability of Sport

Climate change has threatened football games, disrupted tennis matches, and posed major risks for soccer pitches. Gone are the days when only the likes of skiers or sledders needed to worry about a warming planet. Yet despite their shared vulnerability, the four major North American professional sports leagues have not exactly stepped up to the plate for the climate.

If any of the big four leagues decided that it wanted to quickly reduce its carbon footprint in a substantial way, however, there’s low-hanging fruit that is ready to be picked: reducing air travel, which