Choosing a Christmas Tree

Christmas trees and Bat issues

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This week on Terra Informa we’ll revisit two notable stories. First we’ll take a look at how you can pick the most environmentally friendly Christmas tree for the upcoming season (the answers may surprise you), After that, we discuss the surprising challenges bats face today.

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Christmas Tree Showdown

We’re starting to get to that time of year when many of us are on the lookout for a new Christmas tree for our living rooms. We’re usually faced with one of two options: springing for the real deal, or going artificial. But who wins in the ecological showdown between the two types of trees? Each has its pros and cons, but when it when it comes to deciding which is naughty and which is nice, the answer isn’t so cut-and-dried. Before sprucing up your den this holiday season, you might want to hear some of the facts, which Hamdi Issawi will take us through.

Links: Ellipsos, Kansas State University Saint Joseph’s University

Bat Issues

Have you ever wondered how bats fit into our urban environment? This week we talk with Erin Lowe from the Alberta Community Bat program about the challenges facing bats and how to live with them happily.

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Photo by: camerabee

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Gourmet Street Food, Christmas Trees Showdown, Slave Lake Stories

Food trucks in Ottawa line the street during the summer (Photo Credit: Cynthia Zullo- http://www.flickr.com/photos/cynnerz/)

Food trucks in Ottawa line the street during the summer (Photo Credit: Cynthia Zullo- http://www.flickr.com/photos/cynnerz/)

This week we’re headed to Ottawa with Brett Throop to learn about the newest generation of street food to hit the city. We’ll also revisit a few great pieces by contributors Hamdi Issawi and Kyle Muzyka. We’ll take a look at how you can pick the most environmentally friendly Christmas tree for the upcoming season (the answers may surprise you), and then hear some stories about the human side of the 2011 Slave Lake wildfire.

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