Published: Jun 9, 2011
Crazy weather out there. Unsettling, if you’ve been paying attention. And if you’re Bill McKibben, you might connect some dots.
But it’s almost too hot to think about that where I am.
And there’s another scorcher today.
Someone will surely remark that hot summers are indicators of global warming.
Someone will surely reply that cold winters prove that global warming isn’t real.
And some listeners will nod, sagely, at whatever the more cheerful person said.
But the proof of global warming has been established for some time. [Of the many reasons people chose not to believe that, one of the most significant is an organized corporate campaign to muddy your mind. For that story, read Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth.]
The key remaining question is this: Global Warming --- heaven sent or man made?
If public opinion has anything to do with our national lack of commitment to alternative energy, we’re in trouble:
A 2010 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed growing skepticism among the general American public. While in 2008, 47 percent of Americans said the earth is warming because of human activity, that percentage dropped to 34 in 2010. Also, 32 percent of Americans said they feel there is no solid evidence supporting global warming, up from 21 percent in 2008. [Source: ChristianPost.com]
The planet --- and how annoying is this? --- doesn’t care about polls. It just reacts. And what’s ahead may be a real bummer:
Around 55.9 million years ago, Earth experienced a period of intense global warming known as the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which lasted for around 170,000 years. During its main phase, average annual temperatures rose by around 5°C ….. the present rate of greenhouse carbon dioxide emissions through fossil fuel burning is higher [Source: ScienceDaily.com]
One word comes to mind: hydrate.
And for that, we use the Vapur Anti-Bottle, a “fold and go” bottle that’s a lot more rugged than it may appear.
Anti-Bottle? That’s because it rolls up to the size of an empty economy-sized tube of toothpaste when it’s empty. Which makes it majorly convenient. [To buy the Vapur 4-pack --- the best value --- from Amazon, click here. To buy the 2-pack --- with free shipping --- click here. To buy one 16 ounce bottle, click here.]
Safe? Completely BPA-free. Made of three layers of plastic. The layer that touches the water is made of FDA-approved polyethythene and then bonded to two layers of nylon.
Useful? We fill our Vapurs almost to the brim with water we’ve filtered ourselves and freeze them overnight. That way, they cool whatever’s next to them in the kid’s lunch bag. And, by noon, enough water has melted for her to hydrate.
Thoughtful: There’s a white space on the back of the bottle, so you can write your name in permanent ink.
Whatever you use…whatever you think is happening to the weather ... hydrate.