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SI Takes on Global Warming/Climate Change Issue

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Deeper_Background, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    [​IMG] ;D
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Nice smiley face... other than that, I got nothin
  3. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Meantime, an eco-consciousness is leeching ever so slowly into the jockosphere. You'd expect environmental awareness among extreme-sport athletes like the snowboarders and BMX riders who belong to the Action Sports Environmental Coalition, or from surfers whose vocation and avocation depend on the health of the seas. But less likely candidates are thinking globally and acting locally.

    • Saints safety Steve Gleason runs his Dodge Ram pickup on processed vegetable oil -- biodiesel.

    • NASCAR driver Ward Burton's foundation is pledged to habitat management, land conservation and environmental education in his home of Halifax County, Va.

    • The Philadelphia Eagles may have some of the most discourteous followers in sports, but their management is a leader, having launched an environmental initiative replete with catchy slogans like Go Green and Time for Some Serious Trash Talk.

    • Two years ago the men's lacrosse team at Middlebury College calculated its "carbon footprint" (the amount of global-warming carbon dioxide its daily activities generated) and raised money to purchase enough renewable-energy credits (investments in wind power) to offset those emissions. The team thereby became carbon-neutral -- a status also claimed by last summer's soccer World Cup in Germany, cycling's Team Clif Bar Midwest and the Vermont Frost Heaves, this writer's American Basketball Association team, which rides in a biodiesel-powered bus.

    • The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is working with the NBA and Major League Baseball to help their teams get greener. Scientists told the NFL that Super Bowl XLI would put one million pounds of carbon dioxide into the air -- not counting air travel to Miami -- so the league planted 3,000 trees around Florida in an attempt to pull at least that much of the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.

    By going green, motor sports could have the quickest impact on public awareness of the planet's fate. The Formula One circuit has already discovered hybrids and biofuels, and Indy cars are mixing ethanol into their fuel. NASCAR is poised to phase out leaded gasoline, a neurotoxin. (The Clean Air Act of 1970 included an exemption for race cars even as the public was barred from buying cars that ran on leaded gas.) It's only a short jump from a NASCAR driver with a raised consciousness to a NASCAR fan with the same.
  4. Satchel Pooch

    Satchel Pooch Member

    The issue no one reads is supposed to directly follow the swimsuit issue.
  5. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

  6. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I'm almost POSITIVE it's a photoshop job. Though I'll say this, if the beer looter from New Orleans is shown stealing a polar bear for real, then SI gets a lifetime subscription from this cat.
  7. statrat

    statrat Member

    That is one bad photoshop job that you did there D_B...or at least a bad photoshop job by whoever you took the image from without giving them credit.

    BTW, here is a link to the original cover: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_online/covers/issues/2007/0312.html
  8. SportsDude

    SportsDude Active Member

    Absolutely fucking ridiculous.
  9. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    OK, at the risk of left-wing ridicule, explain this: The oceans are rising because of meltoff from polar ice, right? How does this take into account the scientific fact that frozen water takes up more volume than non-frozen water? You put a full bottle of water in the freezer overnight, and the expanding ice ruptures the bottle. The freeze and thaw cycle that causes landslides and falling rocks in the mountains happen because frozen water is larger than non-frozen water. So if the polar ice melted, wouldn't the sea levels go down?
  10. e4

    e4 Member

    i can't tell if you're joking... if you're not, the simplified answer is that ice caps and glaciers don't exist on a singular plane, i.e., they consume space out of the oceans (there's your expansion), and when they melt, the water goes back into the oceans, thus creating the rise in sea level
  11. It's definitely a Photoshop job, and a poor one. Look at the way Gore's arm goes off the pic.
  12. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    We'll get science right on this. Thanks, Karl Pilkington.
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