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Tree farts

Yep, you read that correct, tree farts. I’ve been walking in Edmonton’s river valley a lot this year and I’ve noticed a lot of standing dead trees, often called snags. I don’t know if there’s actually more than normal around here but in coastal areas there has been an increase thanks to climate change. Climate … Continue reading


I love seeing snags, or standing dead trees, because they are a great place to spot wildlife. But as sea levels rise coastal forests are dying and that's a problem because, while living trees store carbon, dying trees release it largely through small releases. Learn more on this week's blog post.
I created a resource for my sustainability students and now I'm sharing it more broadly as part of the open education resource movement. Check out my blog post on why I created it, or link directly to the site from my bio
With the devastating news of 215 children found in unmarked graves at a BC residential school, I went looking for articles about intergenerational trauma. I discovered that this trauma can impact the very DNA that survivors pass to their children.
How we measure and whether we can really measure well-being and quality of life can have a big impact on sustainability. If we can't measure it, it's hard to know if we're improving. A group of authors propose the years of good Life, which combines both subjective and objective components. Regardless of whether it catches on, we need to see more discussion of how we measure success if we are to achieve sustainability. Read more about the years of good Life measure on this week's blog
Better late than never. I got the blog post up on time but Instagram got away from me. Check out the latest post about, you guessed it, systemic racism in medicine and science. Things like this racial modifier for respiratory function have no scientific basis and have very real consequences. We need to be better at asking why, even when it is supposedly based in science.
In a winter city like Edmonton vitamin D is an issue. It turns out that free range hens, who get access to the outdoors, lay eggs that have more vitamin D. Learn more on my blog

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