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A professional UK soccer team's new jerseys show how much the climate has warmed since the team was founded

Jake Epstein   

A professional UK soccer team's new jerseys show how much the climate has warmed since the team was founded
LifeScience1 min read
Stripes on the sleeve of Reading Football Club's new jersey show how average temperatures have increased over the last 151 years.    Reading Football Club
  • A UK soccer team unveiled new jerseys to highlight the impact of climate change.
  • Reading Football Club introduced stripes on its sleeves to show rising temperatures.

A professional soccer team in the UK debuted new jerseys on Monday that highlight how much the climate has warmed since the team was founded in 1871.

Reading Football Club said in a statement that stripes on the new jersey's sleeves represent the average temperature each year of the club's history — blue stripes represent years that were cooler than average, while a red stripe means the year was hotter than average.

The jersey is made of recycled plastic bottles and can be recycled itself.

University of Reading Professor Ed Hawkins, who created the jersey in 2018, wrote on Twitter that the "kit is already starting conversations amongst football fans about the climate & what can be done to reduce emissions."

Hawkins said temperatures in Reading — west of London — have risen 1.5°C (2.7°F) since 1863.

Reading FC's announcement comes a week after the UK broke its all-time temperature record at 102.4°F (40.2°C), causing a slew of issues in the transportation sector.

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