Bibliography 4: The Environmental Impact of the Olympics

Topic: I want to look at the various impacts of hosting the Olympics on both the regional and global environment.

Audience: Voting members of the International Olympic Committee who decide where each Olympics is held, as well as cities that are considering bidding to host an Olympics.

“Carbon Footprint Study.” Choice Reviews Online 48.03 (2010): n. pag. London 2012, Mar. 2010. Web. 25 Mar. 2016. <>.

This document is the pre-Olympics environmental impact study released by the London 2012 committee. I hope to use this to look at the carbon dioxide emissions and water use levels projected for the 2012 Olympics.

Johnson, Ian. “Scientists Question Environmental Impact of China’s Winter Olympics Bid.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 09 Apr. 2015. Web. 25 Mar. 2016. <>.

This article raises questions about whether or not China should be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, from an environmental standpoint. It focuses on water shortages nationwide and how artificial snow production for ski resorts north of Beijing only exacerbates this issue. I plan to use this for some of the mathematical background that I hope will show the issues with hosting the Winter Olympics in areas that do not get enough snow naturally.

Short, John Rennie. “How Can Cities Soften the Environmental Impact of Hosting the Olympics?” CityMetric. New Statesman, 5 Aug. 2015. Web. 25 Mar. 2016. <>.

This article talks about the many negative environmental impacts of the Olympics and how changes in recent years have attempted to lessen these impacts. I hope to use this to address the positive impacts that the Olympics have had on cities in recent years.

“Sustainability and Legacy Commission.” International Olympic Committee, 2016. Web. 25 Mar. 2016. <>.

This article, from the International Olympic Committee, outlines the organization’s goals of promoting “green games” and lessening the overall impact on the regional and global climate. I plan to use this to see if the goals stated by the IOC are actually successfully carried out by host cities.

Ideas: I would like to do some calculations that look at issues such as water shortages and carbon emissions caused by hosting the Olympics, as well as ways to continue lessening the impact of the Olympics on the environment.

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