Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Richeze wins tight Suisse sprint; Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over; UCI, WADA to push for identification of Puerto athletes; Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping; Keagan Girdlestone out of coma and breathing unassisted; Dot watching – The Trans Am and the Tour Divide; Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July; UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case; Copeland to manage new Bahrain team; Fabio Felline set to return to racing; Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit; Cycling media loses valued member; Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur; Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?; Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain Preview; Brandon Semenuk pins it for 100 seconds; Danny Van Poppel makes incredible save, is fined by commissaires 

Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?

by CyclingTips

A graduate researcher at Harvard contends that a cyclist on a Paleo diet produces more environmental harm than a hybrid vehicle. The main factor in the calculations are the CO2 emissions associated with livestock production.

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Daniel Thorpe of Harvard University’s Keith Group studied the effects using a measure called carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) which allows for a comparable measure of different kinds of gases based on their “Global Warming Potential” (GWP).

Thorpe acknowledges there are qualifications to the study, such as someone with a normal diet or even a vegan diet having much less impact. But a takeaway from the study is that a lot more goes into warming the planet than simply direct emissions from vehicles.

“Agricultural impacts on the environment really matter,” he said. “Biking has a surprisingly similar impact to driving on a per kilometre basis, and depending on your diet can cause noticeably more emissions and land use.”

“There are reasons to think we should care more about short-term warming, since we’ll have an easier time adapting to slower changes farther in the future, but it seems odd to completely neglect everything more than 100 years away.”

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