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A rendering of the proposed ballpark in Oakland. Image: Bjarke Ingles Group/Bjarke Ingles Group via The Washington Post
A new stadium is a major economic boon and a huge financial commitment for the cities and sports teams that build them — and as a result, increasingly climate change impacts on these facilities are being taken into account in the building process. The Washington Post reported last week that if sea levels were to rise 5 or 6 feet, which is within the realm of possibility, numerous arenas and sports facilities in the United States would likely experience flooding including “TD Garden in Boston, Citi Field in New York, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Petco Park in San Diego, Del Mar Racetrack in California, and Oracle Park in San Francisco” with huge economic consequences.
Why This Matters: Because stadiums and arenas are so expensive and so iconic — think Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium — the builders have to confront today the question of climate impacts such as sea-level rise and extreme heat projected well into the future. These problems are not just for Qatar and the 2022 World Cup. They are also top of mind considerations for new stadiums being developed in places like Oakland, where the Athletics are planning a new waterfront ballpark, and Miami, where Major League Soccer expansion team Inter Miami FC is hoping to build a 25,000-seat stadium near the airport. Billions of dollars are at stake — and it’s even more complicated than just money. Fortifying a stadium against rising waters might be good for the ballpark and its fans, but it could cause water issues for surrounding areas by pushing water their way.
Oakland’s Planned Waterfront BallPark
Oakland is planning a new stadium on the site of a former shipping terminal — 55 acres of waterfront property alongside an estuary. It is slated for a neighborhood that the team hopes it can help to transform with the ballpark “serving as a cornerstone” for the development of new housing and businesses.
We wrote earlier this year that climate change was fueling an outbreak of swarming locusts in East Africa, and now the insects have made it to India’s heartland where they have devastated crops and livelihoods in a region already struggling with coronavirus, a heatwave in the capital, a recent cyclone, and 100 million people out […]
A new, nationwide public opinion survey conducted by Yale from April 7–17 found that a record-tying 73% of Americans think global warming is happening and only 10% deny it, but most believe it is happening to others and not to them.
Why This Matters: The pollsters expected they would find that because the public is so concerned about the pandemic that they would not have the ability to maintain their concern about climate change — a theory that social scientists call the “finite pool of worry.” But that was not the case.
Cornell University’s Board of Trustees announced on Friday that the University will make no new investments in fossil fuels, and it is believed that they have been divesting of their previous investments for several years, though the details of their endowment are not public.
Why This Matters: The climate movement has been led by young people and one easy focus of their activism is the universities they attend.
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