New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) A strange increase in rainfall in Britain because of climate change has been washing off golf, football and also the best loved ones, a new report said on Wednesday.
The speed of rain-affected cricket matches has more than doubled since 2011. Across the entire County Championship, at least 175 times — around 16,000 overs –‘ve now been dropped in five of the last 10 years.
The accounts, Game Changer, published by the Climate Coalition that is made up of over 130 organisations including Oxfam, the National Trust, WWF-UK and RSPB.
Backed by some of the major sports bodies and climate scientists, it finds that increasing moist weather associated with climate change has been causing more and more scheduled game to be called off.
The trend is just set to worsen if climate change goes unchecked, warns that the report.
For cricket, this really is generating financial pressures in addition to worries about levels of participation at a grassroots level.
It has led the game’s governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board, to set aside 2.5 million pounds annually to assist recreational clubs continue playing.
“There is definite proof that climate change has had a massive influence on the game in the form of general wet weather and extreme weather events,” ECB’s head of participation Dan Musson said in a declaration.
“Wet weather has caused a substantial reduction of fittings every year in the past five in recreational level and considerable flooding in six of the last 10 years,” he further added.
“In season, the worst year was 2007, with flooding in the Midlands and the Thames Valley. Out of now that the worst was 2015-16, when Storms Desmond along with Eva badly affected more than 50 community clubs”
The ultimate risk to the game is that progressively interrupted cricket will cause people to finally quit and do something different.
Really, nearly 40,000 fewer individuals played cricket in 2015-16 than in 2005-6, a fall of nearly a fifth.
The report says Britain’s shore is also in danger from rising sea levels and storm surges.
For a few of the UK’s most iconic golf courses, coastal erosion is getting to be a real problem. The influence on the shore is two-fold.
One of the oldest courses on the world, Montrose, has been badly affected.
At the past 30 years, the North Sea has progressed 70 metres towards the course, forcing the course to realign a few holes and depart others.
Nonetheless, it isn’t only Montrose that is compromised. One-sixth of Scotland’s golf courses can be found on the shore and therefore are in danger from rising sea levels.
Montrose has dropped 70 metres of its coastline to the North Sea and will be seeking funding to help safeguard the course, said Montrose Golf Links Director Chris Curnin.
Priestley International Centre for North in the University of Leeds Director Piers Forster said: “We’ve seen half the seven wettest years on record since 2000 and record-breaking moist winters in 2014 and 2016 with 150 per cent of the normal rainfall.
“That, combined with rising sea levels and increased storm surges, means that climate change is already affecting the historical game of golf in its birthplace,” Forster added.
“Without cutting off the carbon emissions forcing climate change, sea levels may rise by over a metre and extremely moist winters will become the norm. Many facets of our lives such as the game of golf would fight to adapt to this transformed world.”