• EXTREME RACING.
    EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS.

    Atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases have never been higher, 
causing global temperatures to rise by almost 1°C since the start 
of the industrial revolution.

ARCTIC

MELTING ICE CAPS.
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CLIMATE CHALLENGES
Climate change has led to the arctic warming twice as fast as the global average. Climate changes in the arctic include: Melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and the extinction of potential species such as the Polar Bear and Ringed Seal.

  • The Location

    The Arctic is made up of deep ocean covered by drifting pack ice, surrounded by frozen continents and archipelagos at the top of the world. The Arctic is a crucial factor in keeping world’s climate in balance, acting as a huge reflector by bouncing some of the sun’s rays back into space. It helps regulate the Earth’s at temperature and, plays a crucial role in the global ocean circulation that moves cold and warm water around the globe. It is also home to around four million people, including indigenous communities, spread across eight countries - Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Greenland and the US as well as around 450 types of fish, 280 kinds of bird and 130 different mammals (including its iconic polar bears, narwhals and Arctic foxes) and even cold water coral reefs.

  • The Problem

    Climate change has led to the Arctic warming twice as fast as the global average, leading to the disappearance of Arctic sea ice. NASA scientists estimate the size of the ice pack each September (when it is at its summer minimum) has dropped by an average of 12.8% each decade over the last 40 years. As the sea ice melts, there’s less to reflect the sun's rays, and more heat is absorbed by the ocean, accelerating the warming. Some scientists predict there may be virtually no summer sea ice in the Arctic within a generation.

  • Season One's Race

    Extreme E will host one of its races on the Arctic ice to raise awareness of the rate at which ice is melting at the poles as a result of our use of fossil fuels.

  • EXTREME.E LEGACY

    Extreme E will support research into protecting the Arctic sea ice. Only continued global action on climate change can achieve a secure future for the Arctic, but conserving the ice gives the ecosystem and all Arctic life the best chance of recovery.

GLACIER

RETREATING GLACIERS.
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CLIMATE CHALLENGES
Mountain glaciers and the ecosystems that depend on them are among the most sensitive to global warming and are disappearing fast. Climate challenges in the Himalayas include: Melting glaciers, water supplies and the extinction of potential species such as the Asian Elephant, greater one horned Rhino and the Tiger.

  • The Location

    Stretching across Nepal, Bhutan, northeast India, southeast Tibet and northern Myanmar, the Himalayas is the highest mountain range in the world and home to many iconic species such as the snow leopard, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger and one-horned rhino. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world's great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and the Mekong.

  • The Problem

    Mountain glaciers and the ecosystems that depend on them are among the most sensitive to global warming and are disappearing fast. Glacier melting is predicted to intensify in the coming years, posing a serious threat to the rivers that depend on them. This poses dire and far-reaching threats to water supplies, biodiversity, food and energy security, impacting the lives of more than a billion people who depend directly on the Himalayas for their access to water.

  • Season One's Race

    At a time when communities and mountain ecosystems are under increased pressure as glaciers disappear, the impact of human activities can be even greater, rippling throughout whole ecosystems. We hope to highlight the extent of the damage such human activities cause and the consequential ripple effects throughout an entire ecosystem.

  • EXTREME.E LEGACY

    We will support conservation organisations in restoring ecosystems and protecting endangered wildlife from polluted mountain lakes.

JUNGLE

DEFORESTATION
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CLIMATE CHALLENGES
Tropical rainforests are essential to “life on earth” storing more carbon than any other area. Climate challenges in the rainforest include: Changes in weather patterns, loss of biodiversity, and increased forest fires and periods of drought.

  • The Location

    Tropical rainforests are essential to “life on Earth.” They lock-up vast amounts of carbon and release oxygen, encourage rainfall and filter fresh water while providing food, fuelwood and medicines. Tropical forests contain approximately 50% of all land species.

  • The Problem

    With more land cleared for agriculture, cattle grazing, timber and infrastructure, the landscape is more susceptible to droughts and forest fires, which are often caused by extreme weather – a product of climate change. As a result, tropical rainforests and their vast number of unique species are being lost at an alarming rate.

  • Season One's Race

    Extreme E will host one race in an area of the Amazon rainforest that has been degraded by deforestation to raise awareness of the damage that has already been inflicted on this vital environment.

  • EXTREME.E LEGACY

    Extreme E is committed to supporting local conservation organisations that work to increase protected and managed areas. In doing this, we can help restore degraded forest landscapes and contribute to the respectful creation of protected areas alongside the indigenous people living there. We will work with scientists, policy makers, and communities to address the causes of deforestation and degradation.

DESERT

DESERTIFICATION.
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CLIMATE CHALLENGES
Over the next few decades, the average water availablilty in some dry regions is projected to decrease by 10-30%, meaning 2.4 billion people across the world will be living in areas subject to periods of intense water scarcity, displacing as many as 700 million people. Climate challenges in the desert include: Water scarcity and potentially millions of climate refugees. 

  • The Location

    Deserts are regions in which more water evaporates from the ground than is replaced by precipitation and characterised by extremely harsh conditions, scarce water and barren landscapes. Far from being wastelands, deserts are biologically rich habitats with a vast array of animals and plants that have adapted to the harsh conditions there.

  • The Problem

    "Climate change impacts, such as increased temperatures and droughts along with human actions such as deforestation, overgrazing, unsustainable water use and agricultural practices can all contribute to the degradation of land and productivity. This is the onset of desertification. Around 12 million hectares of productive land become barren every year due to desertification and drought alone. Over the next few decades, the average water availability in some dry regions is projected to decrease by 10-30% leading to 2.4 billion people across the world to be living in areas subject to periods of intense water scarcity, displacing as many as 700 million people."

  • Season One's Race

    Extreme E will be hosting one of its races on the frontier of the Sahara.

  • EXTREME.E LEGACY

    We hope to increase awareness of the environmental consequences of desertification and will be working with projects to preserve and restore ecosystems affected by the impact of desertification and climate change.

OCEAN

RISING SEA LEVELS.
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CLIMATE CHALLENGES
Climate change has a profound impact on the marine ecosystems which threaten the well-being of the people who depend on them - 60 million people live within 200km of the coastline in the Indian Ocean. Climate challenges in the ocean include: Rising sea levels, putting at risk the very existence of some islands, extreme weather, and higher risks of erosion.

  • The Location

    Extreme E will host a race on an island in the Indian Ocean. With one of the biggest marine reserves in the world, which is directly impacted by ocean currents, leading to the accumulation of million items of plastic waste items every year.

  • The Problem

    Our oceans are in crisis; half of coral reefs and a third of mangroves and seagrasses have already been lost, leaving coastal communities vulnerable to erosion, storm damage and food shortages. Crucial fish stocks are at the point of collapse, threatening not only food security for the human populations that depend upon them, but the whole food chain. Plastics, oil spills and agrochemicals are destroying ocean environments and contaminating food chains. Global warming is heating the ocean and making it more acidic, which impacts coral reefs, polar regions and the rich variety of life they support. Above all, global warming results in rising sea levels that put the very existence of some islands and coastlines at risk of disappearing altogether.

  • Season One's Race

    Extreme E will host a race on an island in the Pacific Ocean counting with some of the biggest marine reserve in the world and being directly impacted by ocean currents, leading to the accumulation of million items of plastic waste items every year.

  • EXTREME.E LEGACY

    Extreme E will work with scientists and conservationists to support efforts to stop the onslaught of plastic and restore these islands.