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article imageMost cities will be too hot to host Summer Olympics by 2085

By Owen Weldon     Aug 21, 2016 in Environment
According to a new study, researchers say that in 70 years, most cities in the world will be too hot to host the Summer Olympics.
The Lancet published an article by a group of climate researchers. The article says that athletes will be prevented from performing in some outdoor Olympic events. This is due to temperatures rising caused by climate change.
John Balmes, a professor at the University of California and co-author of the paper, said their study revealed there will be only a few cities at the end of the century that would be able to hose the summer Olympics.
The study used data from two climate models. This was used to project the rise in temperatures over the next century. Afterwards, the data was applied to current safety procedures in place, and then it was determined whether or not a city had the potential to host the summer Olympics.
Only cities home to at least 600,000 people were studied. This is because this is what the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee are. Dismissed were cities that had an elevation of over a mile above of sea level.
The study revealed that by 2085, cities such as Rome, Istanbul, Budapest and Paris wouldn't be able to host the Olympics. Tokyo would also be too hot to host the Olympics, which will be held there in 2020.
Some of the low risk cities include St. Petersburg (Russia), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and Riga (Latvia). Researchers found that Western Europe would only have 20 low risk cities in 2085.
Meanwhile, the only suitable host cities in North America would be San Francisco, Calgary and Vancouver. In Latin America and Africa, there will be no potential host city. Other cities that would be suitable hosts would include Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh in Scotland.
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