Did you know that toasting your bread every day, whether for your breakfast or a light snack – puts about 20 pounds of carbon into the atmosphere every year? That’s the size of my old roomate’s large orange cat, Murph, per person. Industry, agriculture and transportation are guilty of the largest carbon emissions on the planet, but it’s shocking how the little things, like the toaster and other home appliances can also contribute to climate change.

What does your bicycle riding habits have to do with the most recent environmental disaster? Everything. The British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20, 2010 continues to wreak havoc on the diverse flora, fauna and ecosystems of the region. The spill has encouraged deeper discussion on the need for alternative fuel sources, although the debates are like a tired tennis match.

Cats generally live longer if they are kept indoors. House-bound cats are also at a lower risk of contracting ecto (on the body) and endo (in the body) parasites. Ticks, mites, worms, feline leukemia, distemper and Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) (the kitty version of HIV) are some of the pathogens that are itching to invade your furry companion. Cats are transmitters as well, and have been named a culprit in the acquisition of FIV to populations of the endangered Florida panther.

Environmental disaster hits again with the latest catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Deepwater Horizon, the British Petroleum (BP) oil rig had a methane-gas blowout that caused a leak to begin on April 20th, 2010. Three leaks have since ensued and only one has been controlled to date. An estimated 13.25 million liters of oil has already spilled and at this pace, it will be a bigger environmental catastrophe than the famous Exxon Valdez incident of 1989.

Soil. Everything on Earth needs it. What is it? Where does it come from? How is it made? By the end of this ditty, you should have a few answers and if I’ve done my job well, will have created a moderate amount of concern on this relatively ignored earthly phenomenon. Soil (not dirt) is made up of a variety of ingredients and where you are in the world determines what types of plants and hence, food, can be grown. Carrots, for example, are best grown in sandy soils and do very well in the drier parts of Western Canada.

Peak oil, peak food, peak water. Peak everything! We’ve run head-on into global crises of epic proportions; depleting the basic things that make life on Earth possible. Human race fail. It’s so overwhelming that most people just tune it out and indulge in day to day, regularly scheduled activities. How can one person make a difference when they are tired after a hard day at work, have mouths to feed and bills to pay?

April 22nd, 1970 was the very first Earth Day, making this year the 40th anniversary. It is a great celebration for light hearted environmentalists and eco warriros alike. A day to organize, educate, clean up streets, forests and shorelines and make an extra effort for the planet that we live on. This year’s theme is all about taking action. Essentially, we should be making Earth Day every day, but to what extent do we really devote ourselves to making sure our home is healthy- for everyone?

Getting out my gel seat, tire pump and grease this weekend was good foreplay to the first bike ride of the season. Flipping my bike on its rear, I cranked the pedals until the chain’s rust of a cold winter were moistened away. Taking her for a little test spin around the block, we were ready to take off on our first bike promenade of 2010.

According to the Wicca Book of Days, the painting of hard boiled eggs was a Pagan custom associated with the Eostre, the Goddess of fertility.
Mammalian and placental mammals also go through an oestrus cycle, where hormones trigger the physiological hormones necessary for the rendering of new life (also referred to as the menstrual cycle). So the name has some clout.

A few years ago, there was an explosion of young people doing crafty things. Stitch & bitch circles were popping up all over North America and Europe and everyone seemed to be sporting crafty wares from head to toe: funky cat-ear hats and alligator mittens became all the craze. Reviving a traditional way of making garments is a great way to keep history alive…it’s not only for your great aunt Hilda anymore!

Ah, springtime! It’s the time of year where we can rip off our plastic window coverings with great satisfaction, open the windows, air out the house and start planning our little gardens. All that extra sunlight and air might bring some attention to four months of winter mess, which usually brings on a splurge of cleaning or ”Spring” cleaning. But what’s the point?

I triumphantly managed to tear myself away from watching Leslie Hall videos on youtube to bring you this week’s post. I’m a sucker for ridiculous comedy, especially when it comes wrapped in golden spandex bodysuits. Which leads perfectly into a discussion on plants. A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed a gentleman who is revolutionizing the field of agriculture. His name is Dr. Wes Jackson and he is the president of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Jackson left a tenured teaching position in the 70s

As the Earth passes through its Milankovitch cycles, so does the world of us social creatures and how we regard our home. Here are some recent media highlights that we hope are of interest to you. Vancouver Olympics: Have you been watching the 2010 Vancouver Olympics? The David Suzuki Foundation has and has awarded the landmark athletic games with a Bronze Medal for their environmental performance. Grist magazine gives the skinny on the green and brown of Vancouver and the Olympics