January 15, 2009
In the same vein as celebrities burning up tons of jet fuel to fly to a concert to tell us to stop using oil, The Inauguration Of The Messiah, Vol. 1, will generate a lot of CO2.
Celebrities, politicians, and bigwigs using 600 private jets will produce 25,320,000 POUNDS of CO2 Personal vehicles could account for 262,483,200 POUNDS of CO2 In the parade, horses alone will produce more than 400 POUNDS of CO2 The total carbon footprint for the Inauguration will likely exceed 575 million POUNDS of CO2 It would take the average U.S. household 57,598 years to produce a carbon footprint equal to that of the new president’s housewarming party
January 14, 2009
January 11, 2009
After more than a week of cold, an estimated 2.3 million skaters, out of a population of 16 million, have taken to frozen canals and lakes, according to a poll released ahead of the weekend.
That number is expected to double if Queen Beatrix decides to don her skates as well.
"The number of opportunities you have to skate in the Dutch winter is decreasing," said Jochem van de Laarschot, who usually speaks on behalf of Dutch food retailer Ahold but took a half a day off last week to skate.
"Once the opportunity comes up you have to get your skates out and jump on the ice," he said.
Warmer global temperatures have led to less Netherlands, where the topography of interconnected waterways makes it an ideal winter skating playground. is the national sport.forming in the low-lying
Anticipation is growing for the "Elfstedentocht" or "11 Cities Tour," a national event where speed skaters race along a 200-km (120-mile) course beginning and ending in the northern city of Leeuwarden.
This year marks the 100th year since the race began and if held, the tour would be the first in over a decade.
Because of the thousands of skaters -- both professional and amateur -- participating in the marathon, nearly all of the ice along the route must be at least 15-cm (6-inches) thick.
January 10, 2009
January 09, 2009
A freak snowfall coated downtown Madrid in white on Friday, shutting down the city's airport but providing rare opportunities for snowball fights while intrepid golfers drove their balls into the blizzard.
Flights in and out of Barajas international airport were stopped for nearly six hours from 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) because of the snow, airport officials said.
That Global Warming sure is a bitch, what with all the snow, huh?
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