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Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 02:27 pm

Attention, Manhattanites and Floridians and half of the US: prepare to swim! You have no time to escape 20-foot sea rises, according to an NYT review of Mariana Gosnell’s latest:

She learns that if these seven million cubic miles of ice were defrosted by humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels, the world’s sea level would rise 20 feet, sending Florida, most of Manhattan and almost half of America’s population to swim with the fishes, literally.

Except for the smart folks who might notice water lapping around their ankles and move inland. Or to a higher floor. Speaking of smart folks, our old pal Wayne Sanderson could find himself facing the kind of dilemma with which Chinese mothers of twins are familiar. You see, Wayne is a motorcycle enthusiast—in his own words, a long-term, confirmed Ducati-nut—yet he also believes that “global warming is THE great issue facing the planet”. So how’s he going to cope with this news:

Motorcycles collectively emit 16 times more hydrocarbons, three times more carbon monoxide and a “disproportionately high” amount of other air pollutants compared to passenger cars, according to a Swiss study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology …

Particularly worrisome are the high levels of hydrocarbons emitted by Japanese, German and Italian two-wheelers, according to the study.

Oh, no! Wayne’s going to have to choose between Ducatis and his faith in warming! I’d go for the Duke.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/26/2005 at 01:45 PM
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