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Monday, July 24, 2006

bonjour and arrivederci!

Panda swims Channel shock!
He made it! When we last checked in last week, the Panda Terramare 4 was teetering on the verge of infamy, and poised to sail/swim/sputter all the way across the English Channel to France. It took a little over 6 hours but both man and machine landed safely on the shores of Cap Griz Nez.

The Environmental Paradox of Bicycling
This is a paper (still in the works from the looks of it) from a student out of Big Named Business School, arguing that encouraging cycling as an proactive environmental measure could be MORE harmful to the environment in the long run because (follow this logic now): cycling leads to better health, better health leads to longer lives, longer lives leads to a larger impact on the environment.

It's not as far-fetched as it sounds. We humans are living longer than ever, and three times longer than our most recent evolutionary ancestors. This scholar does take into account that factor and reconciles it with his argument: "Those who adopt the bicycle as a means of transportation could potentially develop an increased awareness of the environmental impact of their actions and may over their lifetimes reduce energy consumption substantially in their other, non-transportation activities."


At 11:35 AM, Hugh Bris said...

I am reminded of a fellow who, with his family, lived with out the benefit of "grid" electrcity. They accomplished this amazing feat of Hippie ingenuity through the use of.. A BICYCLE!

As I recall everything was peddle powered. Want to run the Washer get on the bike, The Toaster ditto. They even had a TV hooked up to their little home grown dynamo.

Did the Little Business School Patsy take that sort of thing in to account whilst writing his paper? Propably not, but then that wouldn't serve his purpose.

The Moral of the story is never underestimate a Hippie and his Home Grown Goodies.


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