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Whiter than white? Not with LEDs

I have bought your paper with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content for several years. I don’t typically notice that anything is different until I see my paper up against someone else’s; that’s when I see that white is not always white. But it turns out that manufacturers of things like paper and laundry … Continue reading

Bird attack

My lawn is a pretty good space for urban wildlife watching. We have a snowshoe hare highway, mice under the tree, and squirrels in the trees. And many many birds, none have hit the window recently.  One of those birds dive bombed the lawn to get at something small that was living under the snow. … Continue reading

Daylight savings time

I don’t like daylight savings time. Actually, to be more accurate, I prefer daylight savings time (DST) but don’t like switching on and off of it. So with the time change this past weekend I decided to look into the benefits, or lack thereof. Switching from DST to standard time is associated with an 11% … Continue reading

Grass, artificial turf, and nature connection

I saw today that one of Edmonton’s city councillors wants to look at replacing some of the city’s sports fields with artificial turf. The part of me that enjoys being in nature and wants all people to have more opportunities to connect with nature is struggling. I feel like there are many different factors in … Continue reading

Birds and windows

I had a traumatic morning, but not as traumatic as it was for the bird who hit my window. After a loud thump, I knew what had happened. We’ve had a few birds tap the window before but this one didn’t sound good. Sure enough when I looked outside the bird was alive but on … Continue reading

Floating photovoltaics: Do they reduce evaporation?

I saw this interesting article about installing floating photovoltaics on Lake Mead and Lake Powell in the U.S. as a means of generating power using renewables and reducing some of the significant evaporation from the two lakes. It makes sense that the solar panels will generate electricity, but I’m curious about two of the claims: 1) how much … Continue reading

Musings on the psychology of place

I have a fair number of research articles that I have collected and analysed in relation to the psychology of place. I will quite likely write a post on the topic at some point. In the meantime, you can look up Stedman and sense of place. I was thinking about this in relation to my … 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

Neighbourhood design and physical activity

In my Master’s research I looked at why people chose to live in the suburbs. Nearness to nature and natural spaces featured very high on the list of reasons. In fact, living closer to the green spaces costs more, emphasizing its importance in housing choice. The funny thing about these neighbourhoods though, is that they are … Continue reading

Throw it away

Much has been written about the consequences of the phrase throw things away. The fact that “away” seems to eliminate the problem, and visibility, of waste has been accused of contributing to our typically consumptive lifestyles. However, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of research that addresses the psychology of away. One link I … Continue reading

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