Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Bike of the Day: Hesjedal’s Cervelo TT bike

An attack on the air.

via http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/05/video/pro-bike-video-hesjedals-cervelo-p5-in-milan_221888



Another oil spill
May 30, 2012, 09:08
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Olive oil. Wet cleanup in aisle seven.

Safeway officials initially claimed that the spill was only 4 ounces, but as you can see it is much larger.



Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

Five months after the Fukushima disaster, Fisher of Stony Brook University in New York and a team decided to test Pacific bluefin that were caught off the coast of San Diego. To their surprise, tissue samples from all 15 tuna captured contained levels of two radioactive substances—ceisum-134 and cesium-137—that were higher than in previous catches.

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The results “are unequivocal. Fukushima was the source,” said Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who had no role in the research.

Bluefin tuna absorbed radioactive cesium from swimming in contaminated waters and feeding on contaminated prey such as krill and squid, the scientists said. As the predators made the journey east, they shed some of the radiation through metabolism and as they grew larger. Even so, they weren’t able to completely flush out all the contamination from their system.

“That’s a big ocean. To swim across it and still retain these radionuclides is pretty amazing,” Fisher said.

via Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US – The Denver Post.

All well below “safe levels,” of course, according to govt. agencies. That’s fine, I won’t be eating any. More for you!



Suncor Refinery Unleashes Plume of “Catalyst Material” in Malfunction

Burnett said it appeared a blower on the unit that processes crude oil stopped working, causing the catalyst material to escape as a yellowish, grayish material until the unit could be shut down.

The unit is is involved in processing gasoline from crude oil, she said.

“It was very short,” Burnett said. “It lasted less than a few minutes.”

She said federal agencies that regulate the plant will be notified to allow them to investigate further, if they wish, she said.

via Plume of "dust" from Suncor refinery shuts roads briefly – The Denver Post.

I don’t know how to break it to people, but toxic clouds are spewing out of that place all the time, by design.



Hesjedal Wins Giro

Vaughters said:

“His biggest strength is his ability to do a gut check and dig deep when there’s no hope,” Vaughters said. “He’s also a little bit stubborn, which can be frustrating at times.”

No hope, he says, after the guy wins the Giro. I hope Hesjedal steps up his frustration of Vaughters.

via Former Mountain Biker From Canada Wins Giro – NYTimes.com.

The sports guys are impressed that a “former mountain biker” won the Giro. Seem to have momentarily forgotten about Cadel Evans, also an xc world champ. The novelty of mountain bikers winning major road races wore off long ago among those involved in the actual races.



Smoke Map: Gila, N.M. Fire

If you’re wondering why it smells like campfire, take a look. This is from this morning. Official fire name: Whitewater-Baldy Fire. There is also a new fire on the Colorado Western Slope, but if you’re smelling smoke it’s most likely from the Gila.

In other news, the entire South appears to be on fire.

Via: http://wildfiretoday.com/2012/05/26/new-fire-in-colorado-and-smoke-from-new-mexico-blows-into-colorado/



Suncor’s benzene still flowing into South Platte

It’s one of Denver’s many delightful quirks!

Six months after Suncor Energy’s oil refinery contaminated Sand Creek and nearby property, obstacles remain in containing the pollution, and a full cleanup may be years away.

via Suncor spill clean-up months, years away – The Denver Post.

This is Denver’s drinking water. Serves us right?



The E-Highway Project

It’s a great city to start in: according to the Los Angeles Times, 40 per cent of the cargo freight that enters the US comes through ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles before being shipped down the highway. Cargo trucks in the US consume nearly 2.5 million gallons of oil per year and improvements to their efficiency lag far behind those to cars.

Once the lines are in place, all eHighway would need is a fleet of hybrid diesel-electric trucks that could switch back to diesel power as soon as they go off the overhead lines. Siemens says that system is nearly seamless: in the test project in Germany, the trucks could switch between diesel and electric power at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

via One Per Cent: Green Machine: Electric freight trucks coming to LA.

Ich bin ein stromer!!

See the I.C. Energy & Transport Page for more on this subject.

BTW, energy journalism alert — “Cargo trucks in the US consume nearly 2.5 million gallons of oil per year…”

America uses several million barrels of oil (42 gal./barrel) per day in non-passenger transport. The journalist decreased the consumption of America’s goods trucks to a tiny fraction of the real number, and was still impressed.



Thank You Professor Obvious

A study published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the longer people drive to work, the more likely they are to have poor cardiovascular health.

“This is the first study to show that people who commute long distances to work were less fit, weighed more, were less physically active and had higher blood pressure,” said Christine M. Hoehner, a public health professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the study’s lead author. “All those are strong predictors of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.”

…those who commuted by car 10 miles or more each way were more likely to have high blood pressure than people who drove shorter distances. And those who traveled 15 or more miles each way were more likely to have bigger waistlines and less likely to be physically active, according to Hoehner’s study.

via Long commute time linked with poor health, new study shows – USATODAY.com.



Bike of the Day: Whichever Bike Was Locked Here

I’ve often seen a mid-range Trek mtb parked at this spot, formerly occupied by a bike rack.




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