The damaging effects of global warming seem to always be one step ahead of us, taking scientists by surprise with shocking news. The latest prediction is that the summer of 2085 will be too hot to host the Olympic Games as most of the cities of the world will be facing massive heat waves.
The Olympic Games have a beautiful tradition, dating back to Ancient Greek, and severe climate change could break it. Researchers have already predicted the melting of ice at the Poles by the end of the century, as a cause of global warming. Now a new study reveals another effect on cities and the development of things.
Kirk Smith (University of California, Berkeley) was the leader of this new study. He shows in his research that by the summer of 2085, most cities will be affected by raising temperatures to such an extent that organizing the Olympic Games will be out of the question. First of all, the competitors and athletes would be exposed to the risk of damaging their health, and this should be reason enough to think twice before planning the mighty games.
Researchers predict that by the summer of 2085, the weather will be hotter, more humid and with dry winds, or no winds at all. This combination and the hot air outside will be too much for humans to bear it while walking, so running or engaging in some other sort of physical activity will be much more challenging and risky.
Lead author Kirk Smith explained how the human organism responds to such external factors:
“At 98 degrees and 100 percent humidity, you can walk slowly outdoors, but if you try to run, you can actually die. It’s a matter of just the basic physics of it.”
According to the recent analyses of weather and cities, some of the ideal cities for hosting the Olympics are in Northern Europe, namely Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. They are all placed in the Northern Hemisphere.
Smith’s study includes only the big cities that have the capacity of hosting such a prestigious event like the Olympic Games, and, at the same time, excluded cities placed at high altitude since they are not ideal for the athletes’ health.
There have been previous studies on the subject, questioning not the possibility of hosting the Olympic Games, but even the chances for humans to live in these cities.
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