Tai Munro

I am passionate about making science, sustainability, and sport accessible through engaging information and activities.
Tai Munro has written 470 posts for Connecting with Science

Climate change impacts male and female arctic ground squirrels differently

As we wrap up one of the warmest May’s where I live on record it’s hard not to think about climate change and its impacts. The challenge is a lot of the natural changes are really difficult to notice without data recorded over a long time period. Getting funding for these types of projects can … Continue reading

Conservation Basic Income

I’ve investigated universal basic income a bit. This is the idea that everyone gets a basic income regardless of where they work or how much they work. There are probably as many critics as there are supporters. I enjoyed this episode of Poverty Unpacked which discusses the concept and two different use cases. And this … Continue reading

Wear a helmet and do up the straps

One of the things I have noticed during the COVID-19 pandemic is that there have been more people out biking and scootering. But with an increase in people there is also an increase in people not wearing helmets or not wearing them properly. Unfortunately, the natural consequences on this one can be devastating. Troy (2022) … Continue reading

Changing systems results in bigger benefits

I’m currently listening to E. F. Schumacher’s book Small is Beautiful: A study of Economics as if People Mattered. It’s a collection of essays published in 1973. In it, he talks a lot about how investing in smaller, perhaps even less modern technologies and policies can be better in many communities because they require less … Continue reading

Culture matters when it comes to winter cycling

I was talking with someone recently who said that all on road bike lanes should only exist for the non-winter months. It doesn’t make sense, in their opinion, to block part of a road off when so few people cycle. The problem is that even fewer people will cycle if there is no infrastructure, so … Continue reading

Why bike to work?

I often get asked why I bike commute. For me, there are multiple factors including getting exercise, having a smaller environmental impact, saving money, avoiding people (both other drivers and other transit riders), and having more control over my schedule. There’s other things too like getting outside and appreciating where I live in a more … Continue reading

Life on the garbage patch

The way currents work in the oceans they have collected plastic waste that has ended up in the ocean into large plastic islands that circulate in particular areas. The great pacific garbage patch, located between California and Hawaii, is the largest collection of ocean plastic in the world at 1.6 million cubic kilometers. While it … Continue reading

Home runs and climate change

Yep, we’re talking baseball home runs here. And climate change is impacting how many happen. I’m not a baseball player or fan but I do know that baseball is a pretty common past time in the US. Some, including the authors of the paper I’m looking at here would call it a cultural institution. And … Continue reading

Will you cycle more post-pandemic?

I was an avid bike commuter. Then I broke my wrist on a bike commute so I switched to transit. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 I switched back to my bike. This year, I made the switch for winter as well. So, what are the factors that influence someone to ride their bike … Continue reading

Encouraging farmers to participate in conservation might require more women to participate in decision making

Financial incentives are often cited as a means to get farmers to participate in conservation efforts. Pay them to not use toxic pesticides and they might make the shift. The problem is that a lot of solutions to improve conservation in agricultural areas require the cooperation of multiple different people to be effective. These were … Continue reading

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