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If you build a city that is great for an eight-year-old and for an 80-year-old, then you build a city that is going to be great for everybody. They’re like an indicator species. We need to stop building cities as if everybody in them is 30 years old and athletic.

Gil Penalosa, the "pied piper for sustainable transportation," quoted in a Globe & Mail profile. 

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It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here: ‘Melting Polar Ice Causing Changes to Jet Stream?’

Some pretty decent climate change reporting from Global News here in Vancouver. The segment looks at whether:

The wacky winter weather around the globe may be due to polar ice caps impacting the jet stream.

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Perhaps the best analogy yet for the insane cold weather now afflicting the US came from science blogger Greg Laden, who created the viral image above. “Go home, Arctic,” it reads. “You’re drunk.”

When it comes to the reason why the United States is currently experiencing life-threatening cold—with temperatures in the negative-20s in the Upper Midwest, and wind chills much lower than that—that’s actually not so far from the truth. “It’s basically the jet stream on a drunken path going around the Northern Hemisphere,” explains Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis. In other words, we’re experiencing record-breaking cold temperatures because a wavy and elongated jet stream has allowed frigid Arctic air to travel much farther south than usual.

And according to Francis’ research—which has drawn increasing attention in the past few years—we’re seeing more of just this kind of jet stream behavior, thanks, at least in part, to the rapid warming of the Arctic.

The start of Chris Mooney's look at the science behind the bone-chilling polar vortex over at Climate Desk. You can check out the rest of his article here.

Seen Around Town: Riding the SkyTrain through Brentwood station in Burnaby. You can see Metrotown in the distance.

Seen Around Town: Riding the SkyTrain through Brentwood station in Burnaby. You can see Metrotown in the distance.

I find it pretty weird that shopping now seems to be the focus of Thanksgiving. What happened to spending the day with family and friends, giving thanks?

I find it pretty weird that shopping now seems to be the focus of Thanksgiving. What happened to spending the day with family and friends, giving thanks?

Seen around town: Fall colours take over the sidewalk

Seen around town: Fall colours take over the sidewalk

@JR’s @insideoutproject meets @MargartMead off @MainStreet here in @Vancouver

@JR’s @insideoutproject meets @MargartMead off @MainStreet here in @Vancouver

Seen Around Town: A pop can wall down at the new sustainability park outside Science World

Seen Around Town: A pop can wall down at the new sustainability park outside Science World

Seen around town: Fall showing its colours on East Hastings Street

Seen around town: Fall showing its colours on East Hastings Street

The sun setting from the peak of Mount Maxwell on Saltspring Island last weekend. The island is a short ferry ride away from Vancouver and so worth a visit.

The sun setting from the peak of Mount Maxwell on Saltspring Island last weekend. The island is a short ferry ride away from Vancouver and so worth a visit.