New Year Resolutions

It’s been a few years since I made any real effort with New Year Resolutions so I’m going to lay them out now so here’s some bike related targets:

  • New full suspension bike
  • Special riding trip in the Alps
  • At least six rides with my Lakeland Partner
  • Easter adventure

I picked up a copy of the latest National Geographic yesterday and it’s packed with stunning photos and some interesting articles. The winter assault on Nanga Parbat was the feature that sparked my interest, but the most interesting article is the feature on High Tech Trash.

There’s a lot of written about how the Digital Age was expected to usher in an era of clean production, an alternative to smokestack industries and their pollutants. Yet the reality is that the use of heavy metals and plastics and a mountain of consumables that end up being produced every year means that although the waste mountains and issues of disposing of waste may not be local issues in the developed world, the waste is just ending up somewhere else.

The imagery and accounts of how metals are extracted from wiring and circuit boards for  resale and recycling are stunning and thought provoking. If you want to read more pick up the National Geographic or read a similar account in Elizabeth Grossman’s book.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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