A group over in Switzerland has just concluded a study and they’re pointing their finger at motorcycles as being nasty little air polluters. The study by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research says motorcycles emit “16 times more hydrocarbons, three times more carbon monoxide and a ‘disproportionately high’ amount of other air pollutants compared to a car.” The study will be published in the Jan. 1 issue of the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology. Since the study isn’t out for everyone to read, it’s hard to make much of it though I’m sure it will make the rounds on many news sites.
They said of particular worry were the high levels of hydrocarbons emitted by Japanese, German and Italian two-wheelers, since some hydrocarbons have been linked to global warming or are suspected of being carcinogenic.
Hmm … “since some hydrocarbons have been linked to global warming.” Well, that does it, global warming has been invoked, you might as well sell your bike and take up gardening, maybe you could plant a few trees. Oh, wait a minute!
Forget planting trees to negate your SUV’s contribution to global warming — according to Stanford University atmospheric scientist Ken Caldeira, forests in the wrong location can actually make the Earth hotter.
Darn! OK, back to the caves.