Roz at the start of the Climate Ride - outside CBS in New York
Roz at the start of the Climate Ride - outside CBS in New York (photo by Dave Koodsma)

Seems to me that the Climate Ride is going to have a lot in common with ocean rowing. It makes me yearn for a massage, and leaves my butt sore. The big difference is that the scenery is a lot more varied, and the company is a lot more stimulating than during my solitary mid-ocean existence.

This morning the 100-plus riders set out early from the zoo in Central Park – but only a couple of hundred yards to CBS Plaza. After waving and cheering and being suitably “peppy” as instructed at the cameras for the Early Show we pedaled down Fifth Avenue at a leisurely pace, made even more leisurely by frequent stops at traffic lights, and then across town to take the Seastreak ferry to New Jersey. Then it was time to get down to some legwork for some serious pedaling en route to Princeton. A few early hills had me worried, but the pace was relaxed, and chatting with people along the way took my mind off the tiredness in my legs.

For a while we passed through endless suburbs, past some huge McMansions on enormous plots, before the landscape became more rural. I was humbled when I found out that my two immediate companions had both (separately) cycled the length of the Americas, clocking up 14,000 and 16,000 miles respectively. Today’s target of 55 miles suddenly paled into insignificance. But the weather was perfect and my borrowed bicycle,  donated by Backroads, cruised along easily.

But even the most comfortable bicycle doesn’t always have the most comfortable saddle, and my saddle soreness was exacerbated by the fact that on the ocean my gluteus maximus had become gluteus minimus after 104 days of not walking. So for the last hour or so of the day I was getting quite keen to get out of the saddle and it was a relief when the road started to meander through the picturesque and historic Princeton campus and I knew the end of the road, for today at least, was drawing nigh.

It was about 4pm when I got to the Princeton YMCA where we are camping tonight. After settling into my tent and having a hot shower the aches and pains of the day were already fading. I am writing this as I sit in my tent, between dinner and the evening’s presentations.

Pedal power - Roz en route from NYC to Princeton
Pedal power - Roz en route from NYC to Princeton (photo by Thom Wallace)

It has been a good day. I’ve been really impressed by the level of organization. The organizers have excelled themselves in setting me up with everything I needed for the ride. Without their help I couldn’t have done it, but they provided me with a bicycle, cycling shorts, jerseys, tent, sleeping bag and camping mat. Each day we are given our DAAG (Day At A Glance) that gives the schedule for departures, mealtimes, presentations etc. Our routes are marked by signs at every junction. If we still manage to get lost, comprehensive handouts giving maps, mileages and directions help us get back on track. Meals and snacks are delicious and plentiful. And everything is utterly green – no disposable cups, plates or silverware. Tonight we were given some cool handouts – thermal mugs with fold-down carabiner handles. A lot of swag is not particularly useful, but this is definitely a keeper. Our Climate Ride cycling jerseys are really cool too.

But the best thing about the day has been the people that I’ve met. Many are involved in environmental work of some sort – environmental advisors and impact assessors, campaigners and advocates, volunteers and nonprofit workers. Amidst many topics of conversation, much has been about climate change and Copenhagen. The overall mood seems to be optimistic – but of course this is a self-selecting sample of people who already care about the environment and in the course of their work will generally come across kindred spirits.

I’d love to know what the bigger picture looks like. ARE people becoming more aware? In the UK? In the US? Elsewhere? What do you think? What is your perception? Do you come across examples of the extremes of attitudes, and/or indifference and apathy? I’d love to know! Post your comments and give me your thoughts.

And meanwhile, check out the ClimateRideLive.org website and take a look at the other blogs, photos and Tweets from the day. See you here next year?! Sign up now.

Today’s stats: 55 miles, 4 hours, 896 calories, countless friends!

46 Comments

  • Well, I have alerted everyone in my email lists (around 230) about Roz’s Book Tour and started getting responses. Most can’t get to any bookstore on the list but claim to have ordered the book.

    Let’s all do our bit: Get the book, drop everything else to read it and then write a recommendation on Amazon and everywhere else you can find. If we get it on the best sellers lists it will help Roz financially as well as give her project additional publicity.

    We can do it!

    Oh; and well done Roz, let’s hope you leave your sore behind behind and ride tomorrow properly refreshed!

  • Roz, whether paddling or pedaling you continue to inspire! Thank you.

    I choose optimism — to believe more are becoming aware, adopting more sustaining behaviors, with positive changes being made each day.

    Thought just came to me, and I already acted on it… sent this via a website to an association of food retailers/wholesalers:

    “Would like to see you encourage your retailer-membership to track and post a cumulative number representing a count of each time a customer shops/purchases goods but refuses a disposable plastic carryout bag. This could even be set up as some sort of contest [among retailer sites]. Hope you are interested!

    Would love to see this sort of pro-activity obviate the need for legislative action in terms of a bag ban!

    Just a consumer concerned about the health of our environment, especially the world’s oceans…”

    Roz, in my mind, this goes beyond the typical bag refund or consumer contest, putting up a very prominent display — a take-off on the “number of customers served” type of display! Believe that could quickly grow to a very impressive number!

    Striving to be an eco-champion like you, Roz, believing in positive encouragement.

    To paraphrase your motto… keep “pedaling for a greener world — one stroke at a time!”

  • Ooooofff, don’t envy your backside.

    Talking “climate change” is like talking “gay marriage”. Some people are open minded about it and others when the subject is brought up look at you as if you have lost your mind. In my honest opinion the discussion of climate change brings about the same intensity as gay marriage which of course isn’t a good thing. Those of us that do speak up about it are referred to as “Liberals” and “tree huggers”. A great deal of it has to do with how this interferes with people’s pocketbooks. Some want to deny it out of fear.

    In my opinion, I think it is best to focus on solutions instead of focusing on the problem.

  • oh be still my heart! riding a bike says so many things about the environment, transportation, and obviously health. for your bum, perhaps you should ride a british-made windcheetah recumbent trike. they are far less stressful on the body. i’m ever more impressed just when i thought it not possible. go roz!

  • Hey Roz,
    Oh I wish I was there too. I’m still very actively involved in my kitchen so biking is off the list for the moment.
    Yesterday I hosted a group of people who are working to get the farm to chef connection stronger in their communities. The discussion turned to food safety and global warming, as these things always do.
    In Asheville Global Warming and Climate Change are big concerns. 350.org is very active here and we are all taking part in a big way, even though we can’t be in Copenhagen or out on our bikes right now.
    Thank you for switching gears, as it were, and keeping this message on the forefront of so many people’s minds.
    Thank you!
    Can’t wait to get that book from Malaprops, my favorite bookstore in the world, which, um, just happens to be here.

    Laurey in Asheville

  • I think in the U.S. we’re making plenty of progress on awareness, but almost none on apathy. IMO most Americans believe in global warming (whether they admit it or not), but would rather spend $50,000 on cars, health care, education, etc., than on solar panels, insulation, pool covers, etc.. Despite good economic and tax incentives to go solar, very very few people do. (I have a PV system, but there are only one or two on each block in my neighborhood.)

    Unfortunately, our political leaders are no better, and do more damage, because they can and do subsidize cars, health care, education, etc.; forcing their spending priorities on all of us, whether we share their values or not. Given our increasing lack of freedom to set our own priorities, our apathy is unsurprising; even rational. Individuals simply have little power to say “No thanks, government. This year I’d rather spend my money on solar water heating than on more highly-paid bureaucracy for the elementary school.” Thus 100% of taxpayers will “invest” in more bureaucracy this year. Less than 1% will invest in solar water heating. Most people can’t afford to do both, and are rationally apathetic.

  • Janis, I like you altered motto … and there’s a haiku hidden there …

    to a greener world
    pedaling and paddling
    no time for piddling

    Roz, most people I’ve talked with jump right in to the discussion and are looking for more significant actions they can take. A few remain silent not knowing quite what to say. I had one rather quiet fellow standing next to me in the TSA line (one of our least favorite activities) who livened up with a lengthy berating of Al Gore … the good news is that only happened once. BTW, that was as I was departing Ronald Regan National Airport after a wonderful weekend with 12,000 youth at PowerShift09 last February in DC.

    A year ago, my cousin introduced me to a friend, former oil company exec and geologist who totally denied global warming is happening and believes we are experiencing global cooling (which I agree is likely for the next few decades, and admonished that it will temporarily mask the effects of increasing emissions, then we’ll be in an even bigger pickle) but we agreed totally that half the oil on earth has been burned in 200 years, and the other half will be burned in the next 25 years. Sometimes, you just gotta find common ground rather than argue.

  • Christopher I agree and suggest we work with our cities and counties to get the equivalent of what Berkeley and Palm Dessert have instituted. Google “BerkeleyFIRST” and “CityFIRST” and “AB 811 Levine” … other cities and states have already begun emulating liberal Berkeley and conservative Palm Desert. Ask your mayor and city council members to look into it, and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

  • Well, Roz, you continue to excite, hearten and sadden me all at the same time! Having M.S., it’s very difficult for me to do anything at this stage BUT, I do my own “green” things at home and remind everyone I know that if we want to stay here we need to take care of it. If you can clean house, you can clean green! This is met, mostly, with a lot of groaning and moaning but, at least when I am around, they do try. There have been little changes such as cloth napkins and not paper napkins. Re-usable water containers when traveling as opposed to purchased, bottled water. Baby steps to be sure, but steps non-the-less.
    Keep strong, healthy and stick to your principles. Does a person good to see someone living and working for their convictions. I applaud you.
    And, thank you for keeping all of us interested in this informed. Good to know there are so many others in the effort to save the planet.
    Thank you and God Bless.

  • “Unfortunately, our political leaders are no better, and do more damage, because they can and do subsidize cars, health care, education, etc.; forcing their spending priorities on all of us, whether we share their values or not.” – Christopher Schmidt

    Bush was given blank checks from Club Fed to do as he pleased all the while citizens lost their homes, jobs and health insurance. I am going to have to bite my tongue on this entire issue.

    Unless you pay cash for health care services you do not privately make your own financial or health decisions, insurance companies do. Insurance companies are in the buisness to make a profit. Getting rid of the middle man would be a benefit “for all”. The savings could stimulate economic growth and people could take advantage of the tax incentives doing things that would benenfit our environment.

    What we do to others we do to ourselves!

  • When people can’t afford health insurance and their health and well being suffers…..we all suffer as a result.

  • Dear Ms Roz,
    Re: your tush— if I might, A clever method of dealing with a bike seat (or any other seat) is to have an extra seat of a different shape with ya and to switch back and forth BEFORE needed. There are systems that can do this quickly. Easier to do if you have your own bike, of course. If nothing else, switch the hight (yes, I know folk say there’s only one perfect hight set) of your seat every couple of hours. Change is good.
    These thoughts are from the same person (me) who suggested using doughnut seats made for PG ladies for some of your GREAT rowing outings.
    Respectfully, one of fans,
    Charlie (oldboyscout2)

  • Hi Roz, I found Nurophen Plus when I worked in London. Sounds like you might need a tablet now and then.

    Yes, my world is becoming eco-focused. Everyone that moves in my world is striving to do their part. My place of work, my friends, and family. Yesterday I took a red party bucket full of crushed aluminum cans to the recycling center and received $16. The cashier/owner was on the phone and was telling someone that this enterprise made him $10k a month. WOW, I could sit on the phone from 9a to 2p every day and make $10k handing out cash.

    The recycling centers don’t accept plastic milk bottles, though. I’ve sent an email to Alta Dena to step it up on getting rid of those. I’m sure their sales have dropped dramatically because of this.

    Have fun on your bike ride. I love those rides! -Sindy

  • Roz, hope you’re able to get to drier shelter for tonight while reclining, even though we all know you are out-standing in your field. 😉 Sorry, in a giddy mood, and couldn’t help myself!
    @UncaDoug — always enjoy your haiku; latest so very apropos!

  • Nancy Wentworth, you illustrate my point about priorities. By putting off environmental investment to a day when hypothetical savings from healthcare reforms would supposedly “stimulate economic growth” you would effectively fiddle while Rome burns. For global warming solutions to become a “front burner” mission now, the giant, cash-sucking, choice-imposing, projects like corporate bailouts, government health care, education, and war have to be moved to the back burner, or taken off the stove completely. You can’t do everything at once, and politicians’ pretending we can doesn’t help the situation. (FWIW, I agree with you that health insurance is already a costly choice-imposing, institution. I have my own ideas for reform, but I’ll spare you!)

  • Roz,
    I have gotten mixed reviews about climate change among my friends. Some believe that humans are the cause and some do not. We do; however, all agree that humans throw out way too much trash and whether climate change is due to us or not, we are polluting our environment. I have spoken with some younger relatives of mine and their friends and they don’t have any interest in the topic. I admit that I have not had lengthy discussions with them and they are only a minute fraction of the younger generation. I do believe that is an area to ask more questions. Not only do we focus on changing the minds of our leaders but we need to teach the children that it is important too. I know some of us are but how many? Some areas to explore…

    Jennifer (Eggers) Berger

    P.S. This is off the subject but, how was your dinner with Naomi? What kind of food did you have? I want to see if there are any places like that in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

  • Earlier I wrote about a conversation with my cousin’s friend, former oil company exec and geologist who totally denied global warming is happening. He believes we are experiencing global cooling (which I agree is likely for the next few decades. I admonished that it will temporarily mask the effects of increasing emissions, thenAz we’ll be in an even bigger pickle)

    Clarification: Gloabal warming is happening and will continue as long as CO2 conentration increases in our atmosphere. Short term sun and weather cycles — El Niña and El Niño — are expected to cause temporary local temperature reductions that is likely to mask the actual underlying warming that will continue unabated unless global CO2 emissions and atmospheric concentrations are reduced beginning in the next six years if we hope to avert catastrophe.

  • Since UncaDoug is making such a point of it I have to wonder how he knows what he claims to know, especially how he can be sure that the current cooling trend will last for only “a few decades” and how the El Niño and El Niña cycles cause cooling. He seems to be putting the ‘cart before the horse’in that respect.

  • Christopher, where do you suggest people get the money from to do the things you speak of…RIGHT NOW? I am all ears because I have a local pond that is overgrown by weeds due to pollution and it is having a detrimental effect on wildlife. It is going to cost thousands to save it. I see what chemicals are doing to our lakes, rivers and streams. I am open to your ideas. I really don’t know how we are going to make people aware of say what certain fertilizers they are using to make their lawns green are doing to the water without educating them of the derogatory impact. What about cleaners that people could use that doesn’t harm the environment? How are we going to change all that without educating people? How are we going to stop chemical factories from producing chemicals that cause harm to the earth? I am sorry but it has to start somewhere.

    Even though the pond is having a detrimental impact I don’t want to see children go without health care or take away children’s education.

    I am a grandmother of a beautiful 2 year old grandson. Since before he was able to walk we have taken walks to pick up the trash that idiots throw out their window along the road. I teach him to respect nature. He plants with me and he takes care of wildlife with me. How many parents do you see do that with their children or grandchildren these days? I am sorry but I have a difference of opinion I feel that education is very, very important. Everything that is manifested in this world comes from thoughts.

  • …….and another thing Christopher the entire conventional system needs to change. I mean for crying out loud people are drinking antidepressants from their faucet. What does that tell you?

  • “The doctor of the future will give little medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
    Thomas A. Edison
    ———–
    Education……..education…….education! Children are NOT getting this education. They are all being programed to serve Corporate America who in turn are destoying the enviroment!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • How are we going to stop the government from building nuclear warheads? How are we going to stop them from dumping depleted uranium over people’s lands? How does one get through to them Christopher?????

  • I didn’t crawl from beneath a rock Christopher. The entire system needs to evolve. In my opinion it just have crash and burn before it does.

  • whoops……In my opinion the way things are going it just may have to crash and burn before it does evolve.

    Native people believe the last tree will have to be cut down before it does change and then the earth will be renewed with ancient knowledge by the Rainbow people. For my grandchildren’s sake or their grandchildren’s sake I sure hope it doesn’t come to that.

  • I am sorry about all my negativity I am 52 years old and have been invested in this subject since I was 18. I was even thrown out of town where I lived for going to the newspapers about a factory dumping.

    The bottom line here is that we really can’t change anyone, we can only change ourselves. If anyone is going to change they have to want to make the change. In my experience finding solutions instead of focusing on the problem is the way to fly.

    We have some deep seated issues and I believe is due to our lack of knowledge about our power.

  • John Kay, please go to Dr. James Hansen’s webpage http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1 and download his paper “GISS 2007 Temperature Analysis” which was published in January 2008. Please also download his paper “2008 Global Surface Temperature in GISS Analysis” which was published in January 2009 … sorry, I am on vacation and do not have access to all my files. You may also check RealClimate.org

  • The great purposes of school can be realized better in dark, airless, ugly places than in beautiful halls. It is to master the physical self, to transcend the beauty of nature. School should develop the power to withdraw from the external world.

    Harris thought, a hundred years ago, that self-alienation was the key to a successful society. Filling the young mind with the thoughts of others and surrounding it with ugliness – that was the passport to self-alienation. Who can say that he was wrong?

    http://www.spinninglobe.net/condunces.htm

    That is what you up against Roz…..good luck with that!

  • Nancy Wentworth, Thanks for the link to the John Taylor Gatto speech! I agree; and our son attends a Waldorf school. The Waldorf schools were founded as a reaction to the Prussian educational model; instead encouraging independent thought (with the express purpose of producing graduates who would not be easy to send to war). I hope you’ll investigate, and consider a Waldorf school for your grandchild.

    I am pro-learning (and pro-health-insurance, and pro-business, for that matter). I just don’t think that big government is capable of making education, healthcare, or business more efficient, more effective, or more affordable, by soaking up half the GNP, and “saving education” and “saving healthcare” and “saving business” by giving all our money to the special interest groups with the best lobbyists (public school teachers’ unions, health insurance companies, and the big auto makers and banks). Get the government out of those areas (and war), give back to the people the choice of how to allocate spending, and I am certain that a far higher percentage of that spending will be green. And if some people want to allocate a greater fraction to healthcare (or cars or education) than the government does, that’s fine with me too.

    There are two main things I want from the federal government now, regarding global warming: Stop leasing federal land for oil production, and stop leasing federal land for coal mining. Once you pull that carbon out of the ground, it’s going to become CO2 in the atmosphere. Efficiency measures are just window dressing as far as the effect on climate is concerned.

  • I am not too keen on someone making gain at the expense of my health but then again everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  • Well I suppose you read the results Christopher….and I quote:

    Rockefeller assailed the insurance industry in withering terms. “I hate to use the word ‘rapacious,'” he said — but quickly added it was warranted. He said omission of a government option from the measure was a virtual invitation to insurance companies to continue placing profits over people, adding they would raise their premiums substantially once the legislation went into effect.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33069014/ns/politics-health_care_reform

    When profits come before people forget about the environment!

  • Nancy I don’t pretend to understand all the details of the healthcare debate, but agree with you in what Rockefeller said: “He said omission of a government option from the measure was a virtual invitation to insurance companies to continue placing profits over people, adding they would raise their premiums substantially once the legislation went into effect.” I fear a lack of competition and continued cost escalation, and a totally “profit motive” model. You hit the nail on the head with “I am not too keen on someone making gain at the expense of my health.” And analogous to this is the need for a framework that accounts for the “hidden” — or “external” costs that are ignored and subsidized in our tax laws — when we burn coal, oil and methane which is seriously detrimental to the health of individuals in the short termcand to the health of all humanity in the longer term. Thank you for expressing this perspective so passionately. (I did not intend to take sides with my curt <Hear hear comment … I have been without laptop and wifi the past four days, confined to my phone and the tedium of one-finger typing.)

  • UncaDoug, most people don’t understand the health care system until they get sick.

    It took me countless surgery’s, countless medications before I ended up diagnosing myself with Celiac Disease at age “48”. I suffered all my life. I am now physically disabled as a result of not be diagnosed. In the UK it only takes 2 weeks to be diagnosed with Celiac Disease. The insurance company’s don’t allow doctors to research the cause of symptoms…they only treat the symptons. It ruined my financial and family life all the while paying through the nose for health insurance.

    It is a abomination.

  • “The doctor of the future will give little medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
    Thomas A. Edison
    ———-
    Sorry Thomas there is no profit in that.

  • Nancy Wentworth, I don’t know why you keep addressing your healthcare rants to me.

    I have kept my prescription for healthcare reform to myself. My claims in this forum were few:

    (1) Politicians (and many or most Americans) put a high priority on healthcare spending (and numerous other big ticket items), and a low priority on addressing global warming.

    (2) Spending large sums on the former items precludes sufficient investment in the latter (something that people paying lip service to the environment need to give a little more thought to).

    (3) I personally believe that increased government involvement increases healthcare costs, not decrease them. (Remember when the federal government regulated telephone, trucking, and airline ticket prices? When the government sets prices, the lobbyists set prices. Has healthcare gotten cheaper over the past 60 years, as government rate-setting steadily increased? I don’t think so.)

    This is my last comment on healthcare, as I consider further details to be largely off-topic, relative to Roz’s questions about the public’s attitudes and apathy regarding the urgency of addressing climate change.

  • “(1) Politicians (and many or most Americans) put a high priority on healthcare spending (and numerous other big ticket items), and a low priority on addressing global warming.” – Christopher

    “UncaDoug, profit is made when people become ill. Conventional Medicine is a profit business.” – Me

    I am sorry that you don’t understand the correlation between the health and well being of human beings and this planet. Health care proffesionals and lawyers are the highest paid professionals in this country. Unhealthy planet + unhealthy people = profit. Healthy planet + healthy people = no profit. It is cycle of abuse for profit.

  • unprofitable = unsustainable

    And you are wrong about the correlation between healthy planet and healthy people. The last 500 years has seen a steady increase in human health, and a steady degradation of planetary health. Although this inverse correlation isn’t intrinsic, the historical causal chain, from improved health to overpopulation to planetary degradation, is incontrovertible.

    For brilliant illustrations of the relationships (and grounds for hope for improvement) watch these two TED talks:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html
    http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_reveals_new_insights_on_poverty.html

  • unprofitable = unsustainable

    Approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 to remove unwanted plant life and leaves which otherwise provided cover for enemy forces during the Vietnam Conflict.

    These are the diseases which VA currently presumes resulted from exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange. The law requires that some of these diseases be at least 10% disabling under VA’s rating regulations within a deadline that began to run the day you left Vietnam. If there is a deadline, it is listed in parentheses after the name of the disease.

    •Chloracne or other acneform disease consistent with chloracne. (Must occur within one year of exposure to Agent Orange).
    •Hodgkin’s disease
    •Multiple myeloma
    •Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    •Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy. (For purposes of this section, the term acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy means temporary peripheral neuropathy that appears within weeks or months of exposure to an herbicide agent and resolves within two years of the date of onset.)
    •Porphyria cutanea tarda. (Must occur within one year of exposure to Agent Orange).
    •Prostate cancer
    •Respiratory cancers (cancer of the lung, bronchus, larynx, or trachea).
    •Soft-tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma).
    •Diabetes mellitus (Type II, adult onset)
    •Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)

    They don’t care……………

  • The use of DU in munitions is controversial because of numerous questions about potential long-term health effects.[4] Normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart, and numerous other systems can be affected by uranium exposure, because in addition to being weakly radioactive, uranium is a toxic metal.[5] DU is less toxic than other heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury.[citation needed] It is weakly radioactive and remains so because of its long half-life. The aerosol produced during impact and combustion of depleted uranium munitions can potentially contaminate wide areas around the impact sites or can be inhaled by civilians and military personnel.[6] In a three week period of conflict in Iraq during 2003 it was estimated over 1000 tons of depleted uranium munitions were used, mostly in cities.[7] The U.S. Department of Defense claims that no human cancer of any type has been seen as a result of exposure to either natural or depleted uranium.[8] Yet, U.S. DoD studies using cultured cells and laboratory rodents continue to suggest the possibility of leukemogenic, genetic, reproductive, and neurological effects from chronic exposure.[4] In addition, the UK Pensions Appeal Tribunal Service in early 2004 attributed birth defect claims from a February 1991 Gulf War combat veteran to depleted uranium poisoning.[9][10] Also, a 2005 epidemiology review concluded: “In aggregate the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU.”[11]

    They don’t care……..

  • Hi there, you doing well? I recently bought a motorbike and i very much want some assistance with a query I have been having ever since i bought it. I am the type of person that can get very cold quite easily and i cant seem to stay warm enough on my Motorcycle! Do you know maybe how I can i fix this?

  • I find that if I keep my head, hands and feet warm, then my core body temperature does better too. A friend on the Climate Ride had an awesome pair of mittens/gloves, with finger and thumb separate but other fingers mittened together. I don’t know who makes them, but maybe you can ask around.

    And maybe some good thermal socks and a neck muffler?

    Or else use a pedal bike instead – all that pedalling generates a lot of body heat! 🙂

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