Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Radioactive Bike Baskets
April 19, 2012, 22:48
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Uh huh. Cobalt-60 radiation detected from Bridgestone bike’s basket by the bike’s owner in Japan. Leads to wider discovery. The baskets were made in China.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/04/bicycle-baskets-imported-from-china.html

It was first reported to Bridgestone by a buyer of the bicycle, alerting the company that the basket attached to the bicycle was emitting radiation. Bridgestone had the baskets tested, and found the source of radiation to be cobalt-60. The baskets were imported from China, according to Bridgestone.

From the press release by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) on April 18, 2012:

Report from Bridgestone Cycle Company to MEXT at about 4:10PM on April 17 that radiation was detected from the baskets installed on the bicycles that the company sells.

The bicycles were assembled at the Ageo Factory [in Saitama Prefecture].

7.5 to 10.6 microsieverts/hour radiation was detected on the surface of the baskets at 1 centimeter.



Florida loves its toll roads

And the western states don’t.

Via http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/pubs/hf/pl11028/chapter1.cfm

Figure 1-7: Toll Road, Bridges, and Tunnels Centerline Miles by State: 2009



The animals of the Gulf of Mexico

A list of disturbing and depressing, some will say alarmist, links, via Naked Capitalism via George Washington’s Blog: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/04/guest-post-the-gulf-ecosystem-is-being-decimated.html



Green Apples

… But some companies that essentially live on the Internet are moving facilities to North Carolina, Virginia, northeastern Illinois and other regions whose main sources of energy are coal and nuclear power, the report said. The report singles out Apple as one of the leaders of the charge to coal-fired energy.

Apple immediately disputed the report’s findings, saying that the company planned to build two huge renewable energy projects at its recently opened data center in North Carolina that would eventually offset much of the coal-fired and nuclear energy use.

But in a contrast that is sure to generate debate in the hypercompetitive marketplace of the Internet, the report asserts that a few other companies, including Google and Facebook, have demonstrated much more commitment to shifting some of their electricity demands to renewable sources like wind, solar energy and hydroelectric power.

via Online Cloud Services Rely on Coal and Nuclear Power, Report Says – NYTimes.com.