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A Dilemma: Get Outside or Reduce My Footprint?

When I did my PhD research, I worked with outdoor educators on how they connect to climate change in their local environment. One of the things that came out of it was the dilemma of getting outside to be active and connect with natural spaces versus the environmental (and arguably potential social and economic) costs. … Continue reading

The poor snowshoe hare

These two snowshoe hares were on my way into work this morning and it was pretty hard not to stop and take a photo of the difference in their coat colours. Admittedly, neither is especially camouflaged on the manicured greenway they were hanging out on, although the white one could be mistaken for a plastic … Continue reading

Because putting chemicals into the atmosphere always works out for the positive right?

Despite some recent articles by some major news outlets there is no plan to dim the sun in order to combat climate change. Thankfully that suggestion is still well out of reach of science, of course perhaps we should try raking the surface :). The article that these outlets were referring to is by Smith … Continue reading

Moving habitat

Several years ago I created a series of posters for my classroom at the time that showed the different biomes around the world. A biome is a generalized description for an area that is based on climatic factors such as precipitation, temperatures, and geography. A desert is one type of biome. The plants and animals … Continue reading

Can you wait for a reward?

I’m someone who is in it for the long haul. I can put in the time and effort now even if I know there will be no reward for awhile. This, I would assume makes it easier for me to do things like workout or even to have worked on and completed my degrees. On … Continue reading

Health impacts of wildfire smoke exposure: It’s only going to get worse

For the past two weekends I have paddled through some pretty nasty air. I was at two different dragon boat festivals, both of which were affected by the smoke from the wildfire carnage in BC. The festival in Edmonton this week had to postpone the entire morning of races due to the horrendous air quality. … Continue reading

Sport under threat from climate change

During my doctoral research one of my participants brought in a photo of her sand boarding. It was snow boarding on sand dunes and we talked about the potential impacts of climate change on sport, particularly winter sport. Check out the website for my research here. The cross country ski program in Special Olympics Alberta … Continue reading

Native Plants?

I just read a very interesting article about native vs non-native plants put out by Yale Environment 360. In it, the author discusses how climate change is affecting the range of different plants and may be forcing us to reconsider what is worthy of conservation. I thought to write my own post about this I … Continue reading

Affected by climate change – Alberta’s Biodiversity

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute released a new report in June 2014 assessing the climate change vulnerability of Alberta’s land based plants and animals. 173 species were examined regarding their┬ásensitivity, exposure to risk, and ability to adapt. Not surprisingly, amphibians are considered to be most vulnerable to climate change. This makes sense because humans create … Continue reading

Trying to find enough

When I used to talk to kids about burrowing owls I couldn’t help but talk about the relationship between the owls and farmers. I would talk about how they were both trying to make their way in the world, working to meet their own needs and this brought them into conflict with each other as … Continue reading

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