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Tuesday
May152018

The Climate Paradox – Part 2

 In a previous article, we discovered five psychological barriers that make it difficult to accept and act on messages about climate change: Distancing, Doom, Dissonance, Denial and iDentity. But in an interview on the podcast “You Are Not So Smart”, psychologist Per Espen Stoknes also described five elements of messaging which can effectively overcome these barriers: Social, Supportive, Simple, Stories, and Signals. Let’s look at how these can work:

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Tuesday
May082018

Are we Leaving the Earth a Better Place?

World Population 2010I'm a child of the 40s; a baby boomer. So pretty massive changes have occurred during my lifetime. Today I want to look at just two of them, and think, together with you about whether they have been for the good or not for the good. I am still healthy, nevertheless my age is advancing, and because of that I wonder whether those of my generation are leaving the earth a better place or a poorer place than the earth we inherited. David Dawson said in this column last week “humans are said to be the most intelligent animals on the planet.” Have we exhibited that intelligence?

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Thursday
May032018

Bees and Other Pollinating Insects

 It is said that humans are the most intelligent animals on the planet; after all no other animal has even invented the wheel, let alone gone to the moon. However we humans are also the most stupid animals on the planet.

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Wednesday
Apr252018

Pickup-and-Walk: Is it the Answer?

On Saturday, May 5, Steinbach will again have it's 'Pick-up-and-Walk' event, the spring cleanup day for the city. The effect of this cleanup activity on the city's appearance is remarkable every year, and I'm sure this year will be no different.. The churches of Steinbach are to be commended for annually organizing this campaign.

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Wednesday
Apr182018

Update on my Electric Car

When I last wrote it was mid-September and I had just bought a 2013 Chevy Volt. I now have about Chevy Volt cruzin6000 km of experience. During the warmer days in September I could typically get 50-55 km out of a full battery charge (10.5 Kwatts costing 85 cents). My electric mileage averaged about 200 watts per km at 100 km/hour. After Wade Wiebe wrote his article entitled “Time to save gas” I tested the concept and found he was correct and I only needed 160 watts per km at 80 km/hour. It is interesting that in a gas powered car you get better mileage on the highway because it is continuous and not stop and go. With the electric car it is just the opposite; better mileage in the city in stop and go traffic because there is no idling at the stop light and the slower you go the more efficient your mileage.

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