Sunday, 28 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #AirPollution

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

Air pollution
kills 3.3 million people a year. In some parts of the world it's already so bad that people need pollution filters in their cars and homes.
 Pollution exposure in utero has been associated with increased risk of neuro-developmental delay. Thirty one studies published between 2006 and 2015, from the Americas, Asia and Europe were reviewed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the review came to this conclusion:

"The evidence to date is coherent in that exposure to a range of largely traffic-related pollutants has been associated with quantifiable impairment of brain development in the young and cognitive decline in the elderly. There is insufficient evidence at present to comment on consistency, in view of the different indices of pollution and end-points measured, the limited number of studies, and the probability at this stage of publication bias. However, plausible toxicological mechanisms have been demonstrated and the evidence as a whole suggests that vehicular pollution, at least, contributes to cognitive impairment, adding to pressure on governments and individuals to continue to reduce air pollution."

Climate Facts Air Pollution and EPA censorship

My original source for information on air pollution was the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I wrote this in advance, and checked the link to the study today. It's been removed, allegedly the page is being "updated." CLICK HERE to see for yourself. I hope someone has archived the data. This is the type of censorship of science that we are seeing under the climate denying Trump administration.

I'm really inspired by Years of Living Dangerously and their hashtag #ClimateFacts to raise awareness about climate change. Paws For Reaction #ClimateFacts raise awareness about climate science, and also share solutions and renewable achievements. I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions about climate change or the Climate Reality Corps: email

Friday, 26 May 2017

#NoHotDogs #Car #Temperature #HeatAdvisory for #Dogs #NationalHeatAwarenessDay #May26

No hot dogs: Vehicle temperature chart for National Heat Awareness Day

May 26 is National Heat Awareness Day, and it's a reminder to pet owners that there is no reason to leave a dog in a hot car. It gets hot fast in a car, and it doesn't take long for inside the car temperatures to reach critical highs. Dogs can die in hot cars. Leave your dog at home this summer, and if you do have to take your dog in the car, ensure that it is only for a brief moment, and there is air conditioning and cold water available.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Last Week's #Birding #Photos #OttawaValley #Ontario #Canada

Last week's birding photos: Ontario birds
on display in the Ottawa Valley

House Finch bird in Pembroke, Ontario Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez
House Finch bird in Pembroke, Ontario

#WorldTurtleDay is #May23 #AmericanTortoiseRescue

World Turtle Day: Climate change and the effect on sea turtles

Sea turtles live in the water and on land. This makes them, and most turtle species, especially vulnerable to climate change. Their nesting habitats will be disrupted by rising sea levels. Coral bleaching is already impacting sea turtles food source. In Canada, the Leatherback turtle is already endangered. Polluted waters are destroying turtles homes. With so much plastic pollution in our waters, turtles and other marine species are becoming sick or injured by all the garbage floating around. Oil spills threaten to pollute even more watersheds. Pollution and man-made climate change threaten turtles everyday, but one organization wants to save as many as they can.

Monday, 22 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #ClimateDeniers

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

I urge all climate deniers to write down their reservations; make a list of why you believe climate change is not real. Then visit Skeptical Science and I assure you that your questions will all be answered. Skepticism is a process. Denial is a position.
 CLICK HERE to visit Skeptical Science!

I'm really inspired by Years of Living Dangerously and their hashtag #ClimateFacts to raise awareness about climate change. Paws For Reaction #ClimateFacts raise awareness about climate science, and also share solutions and renewable achievements. I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions about climate change or the Climate Reality Corps: email

#HowTo prepare your #pets for #NaturalDisaster #ClimateChange

How to prepare your pets for a natural disaster: Climate change increases the likelihood of disasters for the entire family

Most of us don’t think about how to prepare ourselves for a natural disaster, let alone our pets. After the recent mass flooding event in the Ottawa Valley, it’s clear that disasters can happen close to home. Instead of having the mentality that ‘this can’t happen to me,’ most Ontario and Quebec residents have been faced with the reality that disaster can hit close to home.

How to prepare your pets for natural disaster: Climate change increases likelihood disasters for the entire family
How to prepare your pets for natural disaster
Photo by BecauseUAreHere Foter

#InternationalDayOfBiologicalDiversity #May22 #ClimateChange

Sustainable tourism: International Day of Biological Diversity

May 22, 2017- We often think of diversity in a cultural way, but diversity is also important in nature. The United Nations proclaimed May 22 to be International Day of Biological Diversity to raise awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for 2017 is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. Species and ecological biodiversity is important to the tourism industry. Rising sea levels due to rapid climate change will put many coastal resorts out of business. Natural wonders and events in nature will also be impacted by climate change. Taking the right steps toward a sustainable future means transitioning industries like tourism to renewable energy.

Friday, 19 May 2017

#NationalEndangeredSpeciesDay #May19 #Endangered #Animals of #Canada

Endangered animals of Canada: National Endangered Species Day

Did you know the adorable sea otter that you love watching on YouTube was once endangered in Canada? It's true. The Sea Otter is starting to make a comeback as populations start to increase, but the same can't be said for all the other endangered creatures in the great, white north. Over 500 species in Canada are dangerously close to extinction due to habitat loss, pollution, poaching, climate change, invasive species, and unsustainable harvesting. Many scientific organizations are using renewable energy to help with species loss, citing climate change as one of the greatest threats to endangered species.

Endangered animals of Canada National Endangered Species Day

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

#Plant some #trees on #NationalLoveATreeDay #May16 #TreeEra #Coupon

Lungs of the Earth: Plant some trees on National Love a Tree Day

Hug a tree today, because it' National Love a Tree Day! Deforestation plays a huge part in man-made climate change. Trees are our natural carbon filters; they are the lungs of the planet. Not only are we putting more carbon in the atmosphere for our trees to filter, but we are also reducing the size of our filter, to make room for roads, factory farming and consumer agriculture. So on National Love a Tree Day I urge you to subscribe to TreeEra, a tree planting service that will lower your carbon footprint!

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Monday, 15 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #Rainfall

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

"There is a direct influence of global warming on precipitation. Increased heating leads to greater evaporation and thus surface drying, thereby increasing the intensity and duration of drought. However, the water holding capacity of air increases by about 7% per 1°C warming, which leads to increased water vapor in the atmosphere. Hence, storms, whether individual thunderstorms, extratropical rain or snow storms, or tropical cyclones, supplied with increased moisture, produce more intense precipitation events." CLICK HERE to read the full report.

Climate Facts Canada Flooding Rainfall

Sunday, 14 May 2017

#ClimateChange and The effects on #CompanionAnimals #Pets and #GlobalWarming

Climate Change: The effects on companion animals

Today I did a presentation for TEAM 54 ROJECT, a non-profit environmental group, about the effects that climate change has on companion animals, specifically dogs and cats. You can view the full presentation on you tube, or on the Paw For Reaction Facebook page!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

#PetInsurance What is a #PreExistingCondition

Pet insurance: What is a pre-existing condition?
Pet Insurance: What is a pre-existing condition?

It’s always recommended to purchase pet insurance when you adopt a puppy or kitten. They are fresh and new, and in most cases in perfect health. It’s a clean slate and will likely get you the best monthly rate for your new pet’s insurance. But let’s face it, we don’t always bring home an infant pet with that ‘new puppy smell.’ A lot of pet parents rescue or adopt adult pets. Even if the pet has previous medical history, that shouldn’t deter you from purchasing pet insurance. The best thing you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what coverage you will receive, and why certain claims may be denied.

A common reason why pet owner’s insurance claims are denied is because of a pre-existing condition, also sometimes referred to as a foreseeable condition. It’s very important to make sure that you research what your insurance company considers a pre-existing condition, because the definition may vary from company to company. Most commonly a pre-existing condition is defined as something your pet has been diagnosed with or have shown symptoms of before you signed up for your insurance policy. Hazel's broken femur would have been considered a pre-existing condition because she had it ever since we took ownership of her.

A pre-existing condition can be something that your pet’s doctor treated, and it can also include something diagnosed by a shelter, your breeder or a previous owner. A pre-existing condition can also be something diagnosed or treated while you are waiting for your insurance coverage to become effective. Either way, a pre-existing condition will almost always affect your coverage, so knowing the policy and your pet’s potential pre-existing condition is important before you select an insurance company for your pet.

Many pet insurance companies also have something called a bilateral condition in their policy terms and conditions. Pet Secure defines a bilateral condition as “any condition affecting body parts of which your pet has two; one on each side of the body.” Examples of this are limbs, ears and eyes. If your dog has a torn cruciate ligament on the left leg as a pre-existing condition and the right cruciate tears, then the right cruciate will be considered a bilateral condition and will not be covered. Even if the right cruciate tear happens after the policy is already effective.

When purchasing pet insurance, you will also want to look into whether your policy will cover a pre-existing condition that has been cured. Some insurance policies will provide coverage for such things that can be cured, like a urinary tract infection for example. The policy may have stipulations about the UTI, and may require no symptoms or treatment for a certain amount of time. But if your pet has had a UTI that has been cured, then it would be recommended to look into this because if the same issue occurs after a year of perfect health you may be able to get coverage for the UTI.

Some pet insurance companies may request you to do certain testing or diagnostics after they have reviewed your pet’s medical history. Blood work for example may be required before your policy will take effect. Like a human insurance company, you will be required to answer questions about your pet’s medical history. Once you send in your pet’s medical history and meet all the requirements the company will inform you of your policy, coverage and monthly rate. At this time most insurance companies will let you know what exclusions will be made with your policy, and what they consider to be your pet’s pre-existing conditions.

Shopping for pet insurance can seem complicated. Once you select the plan you would prefer, talk to a representative about your coverage and start the application process. Shop, compare and don’t despair- your pet can still get affordable rates and good coverage with a pre-existing condition!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #Flooding

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

In 2014 the Canadian government released a report titled
Canada In a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation. The report details the effects climate change will have on all sectors including water and transportation infrastructure. Findings show a trend in precipitation and melting sea ice, causing more intense rainstorms and flooding. With all of the flooding in Gatineau, the Ottawa Valley and other parts of Ontario, it is hard to deny that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ottawa University climate scientist Paul Beckwith recently informed CBC that climate change has a large part to play in the recent flooding. "We've changed the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans with our greenhouse gases, so we're seeing the consequences of this now," he told CBC. "It's only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak."

Climate Facts Canada Flooding Rainfall

The Canada In a Changing Climate
report details the future projected trend in these heavy rainfall and flooding incident. According to CTV parts of Ontario and Quebec are seeing record breaking rainfall. Although climate change is inevitable, if we drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions we can slow the process and secure a liveable planet for future generations.

“The climate is changing – in Canada and throughout the world. Globally, international assessments continue to identify rising air and ocean temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, shrinking glaciers, declining snow cover and sea ice extent, rising sea level and changes in extreme events (IPCC, 2013). While rates of change vary from one indicator to another, the directions of change are consistent with climate warming, and climate models project that many of the observed trends will continue over the coming decades and beyond. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs; mitigation) is necessary to lessen the magnitude and rate of climate change, but additional impacts are unavoidable, even with aggressive global mitigation efforts, due to inertia in the climate system,” the report states. CLICK HERE to view the full report!

Monday, 8 May 2017

#NationalPetWeek #May7-13 #Celebrating #Favourite #Dogs

National Pet Week: Celebrating some of my favourite dogs

May 7 - 13 is National Pet Week, a week to celebrate your furry family members. These are some of my favourite dogs in my life! Happy National Pet Week!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

#NationalWildflowerWeek #HowTo attract #MonarchButterflies to #Garden #May7-13

National Wildflower Week: How to attract Monarch butterflies to your garden

Spring is here and the wildflowers are budding and blooming. Wildflowers are more than just beautiful and sweet smelling. Wildflowers support entire ecosystems, promote biodiversity and sustain life. Bees and butterflies work with the wildflowers to pollinate their habitat. Wildflowers play an important part in the balance of nature. May 7 - 13 is National Wildflower Week and when I think of wildflowers, I automatically think of the Monarch butterfly. Like many people in Ontario, the Monarch butterfly holds a very special spot in my heart, over all other butterflies. Sadly, I see less Monarch's now than I did when I was growing up. A decline in Monarch butterflies puts a lot of strain on our ecosystem. 90 per cent of the world's plants rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies for reproduction and fertilization, inducing common plants that feed our nation.

National Wildflower Week May 7-13

Happy #NationalLemonadeDay #May7 #Lemonade #Recipe

Happy National Lemonade Day

May 7 is National Lemonade Day! I love homemade lemonade in the summer time! It's quick and easy- check out my recipe below! Have a sweet and sour day!

Friday, 5 May 2017

#ClimateFacts series: #ClimateChange #Science #SeaLevelRise

Climate Facts: Sharing science and hope

There is quite a lot of flooding across North America this week, even in the Ottawa Valley. Unfortunately, we need to get used to it, as this is our new normal. Water levels rising will become a worldwide concern. Sea level rise is happening faster since the industrial revolution. Climate change is a threat to coastal communities and businesses. Many indigenous tribes that live on the coasts will be deeply impacted and not have the means or money to relocate.
 CLICK HERE to learn more about climate change and it's impact on sea level rise from the NASA!

Climate change facts

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

#HowTo #Dog proof your #Backyard #Outdoor #Pets

How to dog proof your backyard

How to dog proof your backyard
How to dog proof your backyard this summer

To your dog, the backyard is like a safe space, the canine equivalent of his bedroom. It is a place to play, relax and feel at home, and is not often associated with danger. Sadly, many dogs have ended up in the emergency room, falling victim to something that was in their own backyard. That is why it is so important to dog proof the backyard using these tips!