Saturday, 17 November 2012
Saturday Photo: Upside of Climate Change Is Longer Biking Season
That's good in ecological terms and might do something to improve our sorry situation concerning green house gas emissions and their consequences for climate change. Consider what Michael Kesterton reported in Monday's Globe and Mail on a "a ground-breaking method for turning ordinary foodstuffs into fuel.”
He quotes Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan of Grist.org. “The potential is boundless as practically any food item will do – pumpkin seeds, cereal and salmon fillets can all transform into the energy required to get you almost anywhere you need to go while emitting almost no extra greenhouse gases. Here’s how it works: Eat food. Allow your digestive system to turn it into glycogen, which provides energy to your muscles that can be used to power physical motion. Then walk.”
Same thing for biking. The irony is that with milder winters brought on by climate change also lengthenn the cycling season. Could this be the start of a benevolent circle as opposed to a vicious one?
Posted by Mary Soderstrom