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How Japan fights global warming

Shorter baseball games.

TOKYO (AFP) -- Japanese professional baseball players have vowed to shorten playing time per game as part of the national pastime's contribution to the fight against global warming.

They will aim to cut playing time by six percent, or 12 minutes, from the average of three hours and 18 minutes per game, the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) commissioners' office said.

"When a professional baseball game is staged, a huge amount of carbon dioxides, a cause of global warming, is discharged because it requires use of energy to move players and spectators, supply electricity for lighting and other purposes and dispose of food and drink waste," NPB said in a statement.


"By taking the initiative in preventing global warming, the baseball world aims to enlighten fans and promote joint action among clubs, players and fans to prevent global warming," Monday's statement added.

By reducing playing time by 12 minutes per game, the NPB estimates this year baseball will be able to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 209 tonnes over 864 games.

NPB, which has 12 clubs under its wing, said it will buy carbon emission credits to make up for a shortfall under the target.

Good idea and lets stop the 2008 Presidential campaigning. All that flying around the country has to be creating lots of hot air. All the candidates should pledge to do their races by commercials only. What do you think?

In all seriousness, my father used to think the energy crisis of the 70's(Remember those) was a bunch of hokum. One of his reasons being if we need to save energy, night-time sporting events would be curtailed. All that energy needed to light a ballpark seems like a waste. Wouldn't we need to cut back this to fight global warming too?

Just an idea late on a Saturday night. Hat tip- Japan Probe by the way of ROK Drop


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Comments (4)

WHO gets to figure the carb... (Below threshold)

WHO gets to figure the carbon credits?

By my calculations, if successful, the shortening of 864 by an average of 12 minutes each will save exactly 172.8 hours of ball playing. And this will save 209 TONS of CO2 emissions?

They are saying they are putting out MORE THAN A TON of CO2 every HOUR? Note this wouldn't include transportation to and fro for teams or spectators (or their exhaling), since they will have to do that anyway, whether the game is longer or shorter. So they are, in effect, saying just keeping the lights on at a ballpark is putting more than a ton an hour out. I don't buy it.

Now, I'm all for speeding up baseball games by any reasonable means, but the idea it would have any meaningful environmental effect needs to be proven.

Bill, great idea about the ... (Below threshold)

Bill, great idea about the presidential campaign but I would prefer to even keep them off the television screens instead keep them solely on the Internet.

I also agree with Jim's comment above the math on this whole thing just like the math of most global warming claims seems to be quite dubious to say the least.

I think everyone in the wor... (Below threshold)

I think everyone in the world should hold their breath for 1 minute per hour. That should save the planet.

Has everybody bought into t... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Has everybody bought into this global warming poppycock bull kaka? ITS A FRUAD BEING CARRIED OUT BY EVIL MEN LIKE AL GORE AND HIS GREEN ILK






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