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Fukushima to ban Olympic spectators as Covid cases rise

U-turn deals blow to Japan’s hopes of using Games to showcase recovery from 2011 tsunamiThe Fukushima prefecture of Japan will bar spectators from the Olympic events it hosts this summer owing to rising Covid-19 infections, its governor said on Saturda…

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The Spin | The Essex village cricket club going in to bat against climate crisis

Eight Ash Green have been concerned about their carbon footprint for years. This summer they hope to spread the wordWith 2020 the joint hottest year on record, extreme weather events stoking up and a plethora of bad new stories in he past few weeks – t…

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Free solo … with a permit: will Yosemite’s new rules put a damper on climbing culture?

The national park is instituting a permitting system for overnight rock climbers. Many see it as inevitable as the sport gets more popularFor years, rock climbers Graham Ottley and Keith Bouma-Gregson dreamed of scaling the 2,800ft (853 meters) pillar …

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Activists target Standard Chartered from all sides over fossil fuel links

Posters demand ‘red card’ for Liverpool FC sponsor as hoax website ‘announces’ end of UK bank’s support for coalMore than 50 billboards and bus stop adverts drawing attention to the Liverpool FC sponsor Standard Chartered’s links to the fossil fuel ind…

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Champions League final switch good for environment but football must do more | Andrew Simms

Shifting the all-English final from Istanbul would reduce carbon emissions but there is still a lack of long-term thinking from Uefa when it comes to doing the right thingIt was bad enough in 2019 when tens of thousands of football supporters from the …

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Soy of the Rovers: the vegan football club kickstarting a green revolution

Led by eco-entrepreneur Dale Vince, Forest Green Rovers have become the world’s first carbon-neutral football club. Now there are plans for a Zaha Hadid Architects all-timber stadium…A player miskicks the ball – skies it – and its clatter on the metal …

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Renewed Highland golf course plan has environmentalists crying ‘Fore!’

Scottish government rejected a new links at Coul to protect the complex dune system but investors have revived the schemeIt is an area so tranquil that the notion of bitter dispute is hugely anomalous. The serenity of Coul – in east Sutherland, north o…

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Forests will rise around Birmingham to make Commonwealth Games 2022 carbon neutral

Organisers say 2,022 acres in the West Midlands will be forested, with mini-forests in urban areasThousands of acres of forest will be created in and around Birmingham under plans to make the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the city carbon neutral.In an ann…

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‘I ate 40kg of chocolate’: Yorkshire teacher, 21, on rowing solo across the Atlantic

Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to make the 3,000-mile journey alone, relished the freedom of doing it all by herselfIt was always during the night when things went wrong for Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic Oce…

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‘I ate 40kg of chocolate’: Yorkshire teacher, 21, on rowing solo across the Atlantic

Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to make the 3,000-mile journey alone, relished the freedom of doing it all by herselfIt was always during the night when things went wrong for Jasmine Harrison, the youngest woman to row solo across the Atlantic Oce…

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Lapland town of Salla highlights climate crisis with 2032 Olympics campaign

Tongue-in-cheek promotional video launches ‘bid’Campaign seeks to highlight alarming climate variationsThe race to host the 2032 summer Olympics looks set to be one of the most fiercely contested in history. So when the Lapland town of Salla announced …

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‘Our futures are at stake’: sport’s climate crisis weakness and how to change it

Athletes don’t want to be accused of hypocrisy but the changing environment is already impacting many sportsFor a sector of society so adept at harnessing communities, cities, even entire countries, sport is strangely weak at empowering action on the i…

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‘Our futures are at stake’: sport’s climate crisis weakness and how to change it

Athletes don’t want to be accused of hypocrisy but the changing environment is already impacting many sportsFor a sector of society so adept at harnessing communities, cities, even entire countries, sport is strangely weak at empowering action on the i…

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‘Our futures are at stake’: sport’s climate crisis weakness and how to change it

Athletes don’t want to be accused of hypocrisy but the changing environment is already impacting many sportsFor a sector of society so adept at harnessing communities, cities, even entire countries, sport is strangely weak at empowering action on the i…

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AIA sponsorship is stain on Spurs shirts, say Kick Out Coal campaigners

Hong Kong-based insurance company holds stake of at least $3bn in coal projectsTottenham Hotspur may be top of the Premier League for a change, but the climate credentials of its shirt sponsor AIA are among the lowest of any club in the country, accord…

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David Pocock: ‘I’ve got a lot more comfortable just being a bit weird and different’ | Emma Kemp

The retired Australian rugby great on his full-time move into conservation, where his love of nature came from, and being an introvertDavid Pocock is planning a dinner party. The guest list is already proving a toilsome task when he realises he is allo…

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Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín invests in Forest Green in eco-friendly push

Defender is League Two club’s second-largest shareholderHe wants to ‘raise the environmental agenda in football’Héctor Bellerín has become the second-largest shareholder in Forest Green Rovers, recognised by Fifa and the United Nations as the world’s g…

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Mathieu Flamini: ‘We have a social responsibility, to use our platform to drive change’

Former Arsenal midfielder has made sustainability his life goal and wants more athletes to follow the example set by Marcus RashfordMathieu Flamini wants to be certain we are getting down to business. “I’m quite hyperactive as you know,” he says. “If w…

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The climate crisis is hitting football – but the global game has time to take action | David Goldblatt

The sport offers hope to millions. Now it can lead the way in taking radical steps to create a carbon-neutral worldLike everything else in 2020, the football season in Europe has been unusual. The Champions League final this Sunday, its traditional cli…

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The football industry needs to wake up to the climate emergency

The coronavirus pandemic has given us a chance to reimagine the congested calendar. We need to take itBy Tim Walters for The BlizzardLast November Jürgen Klopp criticised the “crazy” demands made on top footballers, who can find themselves with only tw…