I have taken up a personal crusade to minimize the amount of carbon dioxide that escapes into the atmosphere from my Diet Cokes.
This may not sound like much, but multiplied by ‘leventy-seven cans a day, it has considerable impact.
The challenge is keeping the fluid cold enough so carbonation is retained, but not so cold that drinking is painful. Flow volume, pressure, temperature, and physiological variables must be carefully considered.
Ignoring physiology may result in real atmospheric disaster: eructation, the release of carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, and other harmful greenhouse and smokehouse gases into the atmosphere. Not to mention social discomfiture and having to replay the DVD to hear the last scene again.
It is a daunting task, but I face it willingly to preserve polar bear cubs and coastal cities, and to prevent further inundation of our airwaves by terrifying video-documentaries.
Image by Mike Licht, with assistance from the Global Beverage-Industrial Complex.