June 17, 2010

World Cup 2010 Carbon Footprint: 2.75 Million Tons CO2

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As the world is enthralled with World Cup 2010 frenzy, we can't ignore that this year's carbon footprint is the greatest in the history of the games. Specifically, 2.75 million tons carbon dioxide will emitted this year which is nine times greater than the 2006 World Cup. Mother Nature Network reports:

So why is the carbon footprint for the event so high? The study cites the geography of South Africa as the main culprit of the high carbon footprint. In fact, 1.85 tons of carbon dioxide will come just from fans traveling across oceans and to and from the 64 matches spread across nine host cities in the 25th largest country in the world.

As of early April, 119,000 tickets had been sold to Americans, who at the time were the leading foreign ticket buyers. That's thousands of people making the more than 7,000-mile trek from the United States to South Africa. No wonder the carbon footprint is sky-high.

Efforts have been made to green the games through recycling, wind power, tree planting, and recycled jerseys.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at June 17, 2010 1:25 AM

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