Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


The Peak Beckons

Been to the summit several times on foot and once in an automobile. Can’t wait to ride my bike up that ridiculous road.

7NEWS – Pikes Peak Highway to open to cyclists Jan. 1 – News Story.

But — Jan. 1? The road is open? …. weird…. we are doomed … but sure should be a fun ride… ugh…



Collapse of the summer Arctic ice
September 17, 2012, 16:58
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Wadhams measures the ice.

via http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/17/arctic-collapse-sea-ice

“At first this didn’t [get] noticed; the summer ice limits slowly shrank back, at a rate which suggested that the ice would last another 50 years or so. But in the end the summer melt overtook the winter growth such that the entire ice sheet melts or breaks up during the summer months.

“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates”.

Wadhams says the implications are “terrible”. “The positives are increased possibility of Arctic transport, increased access to Arctic offshore oil and gas resources. The main negative is an acceleration of global warming.”

“As the sea ice retreats in summer the ocean warms up (to 7C in 2011) and this warms the seabed too. The continental shelves of the Arctic are composed of offshore permafrost, frozen sediment left over from the last ice age. As the water warms the permafrost melts and releases huge quantities of trapped methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas so this will give a big boost to global warming.”



Chinese coal production

The rise in global production over the past decade is almost entirely due to Chinese production…

via the EIA via http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9485



The Heat

is on the street

via http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/30/509246/nbc-meteorologist-on-record-heat-wave-if-we-didnt-have-global-warming-we-wouldnt-see-this/#more-509246



Extreme minimum temperatures

A map from USDA’s Weekly Weather and Crop Report (pdf).



Cycling and CO2

The European Cyclists’ Federation just put out a study on CO2 emissions and the possible savings that might come from additional cycling in the EU.

QUANTIFYING CYCLING’S CO2 SAVINGS (pdf)

[just one of several interesting graphics from this report]




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