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October 26, 2020

World Cup in South Africa to pollute nine times more

The 2010 football World Cup in South Africa will pollute the planet nine times more than the 2006 edition in Germany because of teams’ and fans’ long flights, Agerpres informs. “We expect that the global footprint of the South African World Cup will be nine times higher than in Germany,” Dorah Nteo, the director of South Africa’s governmental climate agency DEAT, told in Copenhagen. The lion’s share of the pollution, 85 percent, was expected to come from air transport to South Africa, but also from flights criss-crossing the country to the event’s various sites. The total carbon dioxide emissions caused by South Africa’s World Cup will also be twice those of the Beijing Olympics last year, UN officials said. The 400,000 football fans expected to descend upon South Africa from around the world are expected to log more than 7.1 million kilometers to reach the host country.

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