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Collapsing coral reefs – can we rebuild them?

Posted April 12, 2019 by Anonymous

Coral reefs less resilient now due to climate change – can we rehabilitate them?

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Seeing the first black hole – and what we’ll see next

Posted April 12, 2019 by Anonymous

Black hole image confirms the entire story of general relativity

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10 best wildlife photos from Can Geo's Instagram community

Posted April 12, 2019 by Anonymous

a collage of wildlife photos including bison, grizzly bears, polar bears, foxes, owls and whales

Some of the best wildlife images from the new Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos special issue, on newsstands now. (Clockwise from top left: @shane_turgeon, @daisygilardini, @divebuddies4life, @nicole_handspiker, @benaroundandback, @andreaudet, @mirelaofearth, @javiers_wonderplanet, @jkr_photo, @focused_on_canada)

A herd of bison graze on rolling plains in Grasslands National Park, Sask. A humpback whale breaches in the waters off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest, B.C. Two polar bears lunge at each other in a playful display in Wapusk National Park, Man. The 40,000-member strong Can Geo Instagram community is wild for Canada’s wildlife. Here are our favourites from the third edition of Ultimate Canadian Instagram Photos, on newsstands now.

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Lemon Garlic Turkey with Orzo Pasta and Roasted Spring Vegetables

Posted April 12, 2019 by Anonymous

This flavourful Lemon Garlic Turkey recipe is delicious and so easy to make!  Serve over Orzo Pasta and with Roasted Spring Vegetables. I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious Lemon Garlic Turkey […]

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#527 The night before your big day

Posted April 12, 2019 by Anonymous

Stare at that ceiling. Sweaty palms, white knuckles, deep breaths in bed. Maybe the ring’s stowed away and the reservations are made. Maybe the results are coming in and everyone’s coming over. Maybe you’re buttoning down for a new job or following your heart and leaving an old one. As the moonlight shines in your […]

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4,500+ Amazon Employees Call on the Company to Take Climate Action

Posted April 11, 2019 by guest

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) office in Houston, Texas

By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

More than 4,500 Amazon employees have signed a letter calling on the company to take concrete action on climate change, with demands including a complete transition away from fossil fuels.

The letter was posted on Medium Wednesday by a group calling itself Amazon Employees for Climate Justice and was addressed to CEO Jeff Bezos and the Amazon Board of Directors. The group called on the company to release an action plan on climate change based on the principles outlined in their letter.

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PCPO Budget Is Mild Stuff

Posted April 11, 2019 by bigcitylib

I don’t like the directions taken; cutting healthcare spending below the rate of inflation, and etc.  But this government in this budget is definitely no Mike Harris Mark II.   Mind you, they’ll never meet their deficit reduction targets…

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Introducing Explore: A Canadian Geographic podcast

Posted April 11, 2019 by Anonymous

How did ultrarunner Ray Zahab go from being a pack-a-day smoker to crossing deserts and tundra on foot? What tiny fish saved diver Jill Heinerth’s life in an Antarctic ice cave? Why did an encounter with a polar bear give actor Johnny Issaluk a new perspective on life? These questions and more will be answered on the first season of Explore: A Canadian Geographic podcast, presented by One Ocean Expeditions.

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Explore: A Canadian Geographic podcast – Episode 1: Ray Zahab

Posted April 11, 2019 by Anonymous

Explore podcast Ray Zahab

Ultra marathoner and adventurer Ray Zahab talks to Explore podcast host David McGuffin in the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Reading Room at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society headquarters at 50 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Can Geo)

Ray Zahab has run across some of the world’s hottest deserts, including the Sahara, Gobi, Namib and Atacama. He led a Guinness World Record-breaking trek on foot to the South Pole, as well as expeditions across some of the harshest terrain in the world, including many in the Canadian Arctic.

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#528 When your pet notices you’re in a bad mood and walks over to you

Posted April 11, 2019 by Anonymous

Everybody hurts, sometimes. Relationships fritz and fizzle, bad moods steam and sizzle, and we all have moments where all we wanna do is curl up under a blanket so it all goes away. In tear-stained moments of blackness, when the weight of the world hangs heavy, there’s nothing as sweet as a furry four-footed friend […]

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‘Are You Serious?’ John Kerry Interrupts GOP Climate Denial Logic in Disbelief

Posted April 10, 2019 by Anonymous

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John Kerry

Congressional discussions over climate change have reached such a low point that during this week’s House hearing on the national security risks of climate change, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who was testifying, broke down and just asked his Republican questioner, “Are you serious?”

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How To Cook Orzo

Posted April 10, 2019 by Anonymous

Orzo is a versatile rice-shaped pasta that is easy to prepare and makes a great addition to any meal!  I’m sharing a simple recipe on How to Cook Orzo, as well as some serving ideas […]

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A feminist approach to open government

Posted April 10, 2019 by Anonymous

Photo: Aldi Diassé

Nnenna Nwakanma (right) and a colleague outside the home of a woman named Fifa (middle) in Dakar, Senegal, in 2018. Fifa, a former associate mayor in Dakar and an advocate for people with disabilities, collaborated in the process that led to Senegal qualifying for the Open Government Partnership. (Photo: Aldi Diassé)

The term “open government” is synonymous with the idea of inclusivity, but as three female experts on the topic note, women and women’s issues are still vastly underrepresented in the open government movement. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.

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Police Delayed Review of Tactics for Controlling Fracking Protest as Conflict Escalated, Leaked Emails Show

Posted April 10, 2019 by Anonymous

Read time: 17 mins

Drawing of police guarding a fracking site

Police have been criticised for repeatedly delaying a review of official guidance for policing fracking protests after a cache of leaked correspondence highlighted ongoing problems with the consultation process. More than two years after the review was first promised, DeSmog and the Guardian can exclusively reveal it has now been delayed for a fifth time.

Dozens of leaked emails between the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Lead on Shale Gas and Oil Exploration — Lancashire Assistant Chief Constable Terry Woods — and Green MEP Keith Taylor show how the process has been repeatedly delayed, with the review’s remit changing without any prior warning.

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#529 Finally going pee after holding it forever

Posted April 10, 2019 by Anonymous

It didn’t used to be this way. For hundreds of thousands of years our species peed freely, whenever, wherever. Yes, whether we were roaming jungles, crossing ice bridges, or having picnics in plains, it wasn’t always pretty but when nature called, we answered. Things are different now. Most of the time our bladders are all […]

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Sedna sculpture unveiled on Parliament Hill

Posted April 9, 2019 by Anonymous

Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture

Inuit artist Bart Hanna (in yellow tie) talks about his sculpture Sedna, which he unveiled during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on April 8, 2019, as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory. (Photo: House of Commons)

“It was a big deal for me.”

That’s how renowned Inuit artist Bart Hanna describes how he felt while working on his latest creation, knowing it would one day be on display in one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in Canada — Parliament Hill’s Centre Block.

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And the winners of Canada's Coolest School Trip 2019 are…

Posted April 9, 2019 by Anonymous

2019 winners of Canada’s Coolest School Trip

Winners of the 2019 Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest, students of Khàtìnas.Àxh Community School in Teslin, Yukon. (Photo credit: Paul Gowdie, Parks Canada)

A class from Khàtìnas.àxh Community School in Teslin, Yukon, won an all-expenses-paid trip to Manitoba for their hard work in preserving and sharing their local Tlingit language. The trip was the grand prize in the annual Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest, which encourages students to learn about Canada’s national parks and cultural heritage.

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#530 When couples tell you how they met

Posted April 9, 2019 by Anonymous

Just look at them. Cute, cuddly, giggly, smiling, holding hands wedged deeply in the restaurant booth. Picking nachos, sipping cola, you casually ask how they met and then listen with warm wide-eyed smiles as they stutter and stumble over all the little details and tiny moments that helped bring them together. He did this, she […]

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Researchers Warn Arctic Has Entered ‘Unprecedented State’ That Threatens Global Climate Stability

Posted April 8, 2019 by guest

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Researcher sipping meltwater from an Arctic sea ice pond

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams. Originally posted on Common Dreams.

A new research paper by American and European climate scientists focused on Arctic warming published Monday reveals that the “smoking gun” when it comes to changes in the world’s northern polar region is rapidly warming air temperatures that are having — and will continue to have — massive and negative impacts across the globe.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Squares

Posted April 8, 2019 by Anonymous

These No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Squares are a classic and simple treat.  Make and have them ready to enjoy in 30 minutes! When I had the recipe card for these Peanut Butter Cheerio Squares sitting […]

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From California to Louisiana: Finding America’s Climate Heroes

Posted April 8, 2019 by guest

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Reel News Americas Climate Heroes composite

British video activist Shaun Dey was one of two members of Reel News who went to North America last year to make films about grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly around the ideas of “just transition” and “just recovery”. He reflects on his experience of travelling the region for 14 weeks.

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How Canada’s deepest cave, Bisaro Anima, got its name

Posted April 8, 2019 by Anonymous

Cavers squeeze through a narrow passage inside Bisaro Anima cave

Members of the Bisaro Plateau Caves Project expedition team squeeze through a passage inside Bisaro Anima, Canada’s deepest cave. (Photo: Jared Habiak/Bisaro Plateau Caves Project)

The practice of naming caves and cave passages comes with both tradition and rules respected by cave explorers. Normally, the discoverers of a new cave or passage get first naming rights. But cave exploration is a team effort, and often groups will vote on proposed names when there are multiple suggestions or disagreements.

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The Joe Rogan Experience Gary Taubes And Stephan Guyenet Debate And All That’s Wrong With Modern Day Dieting Discourse

Posted April 8, 2019 by Yoni Freedhoff

First some disclosures. As far as diets go, I’m egalitarian. I believe that the best diet for you may be the worst diet for someone else, and that all diets work by way of reducing caloric intake, but that calories from different foods will have differing impacts upon health and satiety. As far as Gary and Stephan go, I like both of them. I’ve had the opportunity to have a number of offline conversations with Gary over the years and though I’m guessing we generally spent the majority of our time in those chats disagreeing with one another (sometimes rudely), for reasons I find difficult to pin down, I’ve always enjoyed them. Stephan is someone whose work I’ve been reading for years and whose opinion I respect and value. And the 3 of us, in 2017, were involved with the Cato Institute for an online debate on sugar.

With those out of the way, onto the debate.

I certainly hadn’t planned on writing about it. And I won’t spend too much time nitpicking the discussion. Suffice to say, as many already have, it seemed that Gary the journalist relied on stories to make his points, while Stephan the scientist relied on studies. Gary constantly interrupted Stephan, and somehow also managed to recurrently mispronounce his name (despite corrections), and Stephan, perhaps as a consequence, at times treated Gary dismissively.

If you’re looking for a more detailed play by play of the entire 2 hours and 37 minutes, by all means, here’s Layne Norton’s fairly exhaustive (and even time stamped) coverage, but what I want to cover today are a few thoughts inspired by the debate rather than the debate itself.

Much of the low-carb high-fat (LCHF) (now in many cases interchangeable with #Keto) world has raged on for years about mainstream medicine and science’s disregard for their chosen diet and theories. An old photocopy of an American Heart Association pamphlet from 1991 that indeed promotes sugar consumption gets trotted out as some sort of gotcha for 2019. Young keto adherent physicians proudly tweet of the “torture” they experience reading opinions on diets other than their own (disclosure – including mine). Cardiologists with bestselling LCHF diet books write breathless articles in newspapers championing the idea that everything you’ve been taught about diet and heart disease is wrong and encourage the specific consumption of saturated fat. Self identified “science journalists” (note, this isn’t actually a dig at Gary but rather others) who purport to care about evidence embrace and amplify the most idiotic of theories, stories, or comments so long as it suits their narratives. And if a study contradicts any of the aforementioned folks’ belief systems, the fault is said to no doubt lie with the methodology, or the researcher being conflicted (as Gary repeatedly suggested in the debate when discussing the work of his former NuSi hire Kevin Hall, as well as Jim Hill and colleagues’ metabolic ward study that utilized direct calorimetry to show that people gained equal amounts of weight when overfed fat or carbs), or both. And of course pretty much all of the most vocal gurus, even the ones from prestigious institutions like Harvard, appear more than happy to extend their credibilities to prop up whatever medical quack (Mercola, Oz, Hyman, etc.) is willing to promote them.

For various reasons, listening to this debate reminded me of all of that.

Despite Gary’s very real comment in regard to diet related chronic disease and society that,

Tragic shit is going on

it would seem to me that the bulk of the energy spent by the loudest of the LCHF/#Keto crowd is mustered trying to prove everyone else is wrong or conflicted, and that there is only one, true, right, best, diet – a message that’s especially off putting when it comes from MDs, given every single day physicians are reminded that different treatments work differently for different people – sometimes predictably, and sometimes not so much – which is why for instance for hypertension there are at least 10 different classes of medications, and multiple options within each.

The starkest difference between Gary and Stephan I think comes at the 2:24:08 mark where Stephan details how much he loved Gary’s Good Calories, Bad Calories and how he found it so persuasive that he personally adopted a LCHF die, but that then he turned from the historical narratives conveyed in Good Calories, Bad Calories, to the science, and he found that the science told a different story. Not a story that suggested LCHF was a bad diet, or the wrong diet, or an unhelpful diet, but just that the science underlying Gary’s hypothesis doesn’t hold water for Stephan. And then over the course of the next few minutes, in what I can only assume is his rebuttal, Gary tries to narratively explain Stephan’s personal, subjective, experiences on LCHF diets, and then discounts the various studies Stephan mentions as being poorly designed while trotting out one study he does like from the 60s that to his reading, supported his assertions.

And I know this wasn’t the point of the debate – it was a debate after all – but wouldn’t it be grand if instead of the constant need of so many (and yes, there are definitely exceptions – see note at end) to promote LCHF/#Keto as the one right, best, only, diet, instead LCHF/#Keto, especially those who are themselves researchers and health professionals, took a deep breath and realized that if tragic shit is indeed going on, that perseverating on motives rather than data, and fanning the flames of online outrage mobs, and propping up of quacks like Mercola and Hyman, and promoting the worst examples of science and opinion so long as it suits their narratives, and fear-mongering around statins, and spreading the bizarre notion that there’s only one right diet and that anyone who suggests otherwise is wrong and likely conflicted, while providing fodder for online debates, is indefensible, unhelpful, and a very real reason why there’s far less embrace and research of a strategy that absolutely has a place in the treatment and prevention of diet and weight related diseases.

(And for an example of a keto adherent physician who bucks the aforementioned trend, look no further than cardiologist Ethan Weiss who just the other day penned this great post about keto, LDL, and treatment, all the while embracing science and reason)

        
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#531 The Big Night Nap aka Disco Nap

Posted April 8, 2019 by Anonymous

The Big Night Nap is any nap you take before going out for a big night. When you nail this warm up nap perfectly you end up with a long memorable evening without dog yawns, wristwatch glances, and early cave-ins. Now, that doesn’t mean Big Night Naps are easy to pull off. No, no, the […]

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Climate Research Needs to Change to Help Communities Plan for the Future

Posted April 7, 2019 by guest

Read time: 6 mins

Infrastructure

By Robert Kopp, Rutgers University

Climate change is a chronic challenge — it is here now, and will be with us throughout this century and beyond. As the U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment report made clear, it’s already affecting people throughout the United States and around the world.

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Miami Real Estate Market Shows How Climate Denial Is a Luxury of Wealth

Posted April 6, 2019 by guest

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Aerial view of South Florida homes on the water

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup.

Two great pieces of journalism were published this week we’d like to draw attention to today. While neither were particularly focused on climate change denial, taken together, they provide some helpful insight into denial not only as a state of mind, but as a function of luxury and privilege.

That’s the underlying message of Sarah Miller’s recent piece in Popula. Miller poses as a wealthy married woman interested in purchasing pricey Miami real estate, feigning interest before springing her key question: Is it smart to buy something with a 30-year mortgage in Miami, given the fact that sea level rise is already regularly flooding the city?

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Federal Government Foot-Dragging Helps Oil Industry Delay Oil-by-Rail Rules

Posted April 5, 2019 by Anonymous

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In an attempt to reduce the risk of fiery oil train accidents, the state of Washington is working to pass a bill that would limit the vapor pressure of oil on trains to below 9 pounds per square inch (psi). Vapor pressure is a measure of the volatility of flammable liquids and correlates to their likelihood of igniting. Higher vapor pressure means an oil is more volatile and more likely to ignite and burn when a train derails.

If the federal government won’t act to protect public safety and adopt a safer nationwide standard, we will adopt our own,” state Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane) said of the bill he sponsored. “There is just too much to lose — for people and our environment.”

Billig’s comments point to the federal government’s repeated failure to address the volatility of the oil moving by rail in America.

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How Canadian cities are reinventing their shopping malls

Posted April 5, 2019 by Anonymous

Empty indoor mall with closed stores

Instead of waiting for suburban shopping malls to fail as they have in parts of the United States, developers and urban planners in Canada are encouraging their redevelopment into mixed-use spaces. (Photo: J M/Flickr)

When Austrian architect Victor Gruen pioneered the American shopping mall in the mid-20th century, he saw it as more than just a place to shop.

“Shopping centres can fill an existing void,” Gruen wrote in 1960. “They can provide the needed place and opportunity for participation in modern community life that the ancient Greek Agora, the Medieval Market Place and our own Town Squares provided in the past.”

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Roadside THC tests do not test for impairment. How can science help?

Posted April 5, 2019 by Anonymous

Do we need a better roadside test for pot impairment?

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Permafrost landslides are eating great swathes of Arctic landscape

Posted April 5, 2019 by Anonymous

Ground giving away in Canadian Arctic as climate warms

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Tasmanian Devils are learning to live with the cancer that was pushing them to extinction

Posted April 5, 2019 by Anonymous

Tasmanian Devils might be beating the cancer that has threatened their survival

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The race to the moon – what the Russians were doing behind the Iron Curtain

Posted April 5, 2019 by Anonymous

Countdown to Apollo – what the Russians were up to

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A catastrophe frozen in time – a new fossil site shows how the dinosaurs died

Posted April 5, 2019 by Anonymous

A new fossil site captures the day the dinosaurs died

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How to Make a Forsythia Wreath

Posted April 4, 2019 by Anonymous

A simple tutorial to make a faux Forsythia Wreath for your front door!  This pretty yellow floral wreath is a cheery welcome for guests. Ever since I painted my front door green I have wanted […]

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Doug Ford’s OHIP Changes: A Bummer, or Not?

Posted April 4, 2019 by bigcitylib

I’m especially wondering about his plan to cut back on pain relief for colonoscopies.  I’ve gone through the procedure twice.  First time around they hit me with a General and I still didn’t pass out.  I watched on a B&W TV screen as…

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On Health of the Great Barrier Reef and Case of Sacked Scientist Peter Ridd, Sky News Creates Alternate Reality

Posted April 4, 2019 by Graham Readfearn

Read time: 9 mins

Peter Ridd

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in some serious trouble, with the latest research in the journal Nature showing the number of new corals has dropped by 89 percent.

In 2016 and 2017, the reef was smashed by back-to-back mass bleaching events and heat stress caused by global warming that killed about half the corals.

Dead corals don’t make babies,” said James Cook University’s Professor Terry Hughes, the paper’s lead author.

We used to think that the Great Barrier Reef was too big to fail — until now,” added colleague Professor Morgan Pratchett.

The paper was just the latest in a steady and, many would agree, depressing parade of findings for the World Heritage icon. And if the scientific papers don’t do it for you, then there are always the pictures.

But the release of the study served as a remarkable contrast to the way the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sky News, furnished with material from climate science denial think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, has been “reporting” on reef science in the past week.

On at least five occasions the channel has interviewed the IPA’s policy director Gideon Rozner, who has been updating the channel on the case of Dr. Peter Ridd, a marine scientist specializing in sediments who was fired in March 2018 from James Cook University.

According to the various interviews, the reef is in great shape, the science is probably wrong, and Ridd is a “world renowned” reef expert in a historic fight for freedom. None of this is true, yet the claims have been allowed to stand unchecked.

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How State Power Regulators Are Making Utilities Account for the Costs of Climate Change

Posted April 3, 2019 by guest

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

By Iliana Paul, New York University and Denise Grab, New York University

The electricity powering your computer or smartphone that makes it possible for you to read this article could come from one of several sources. It’s probably generated by burning natural gas or coal or from operating a nuclear reactor, unless it’s derived from hydropower or wind or solar energy. Who gets to choose?

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Posted April 3, 2019 by Anonymous

These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are a classic!  Nut free, easy to make and perfect for snacks and lunch boxes. What did the world ever do without cookies?  Seriously though.  Cookies are a household staple […]

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Coca-Cola Funded ISCOLE Trial Continues To Conclude Lack Of Exercise Drives Childhood Obesity

Posted April 3, 2019 by Yoni Freedhoff

When it comes to associations, causality matters – the importance of which is easily understood when considering childhood obesity and inactivity. Whether inactivity leads to kids to gain weight, or whether weight leads kids to become inactive have very different implications

My very publicly expressed bias is that childhood obesity drives inactivity, and there’s data to support that assertion including this study whereby when observed over time in 8-11 year olds, weight gain predicted inactivity, while inactivity did not predict weight gain, leading the authors of that study to conclude,

“adiposity is a better predictor of PA and sedentary behavior changes than the other way around.”

As to what’s going on, if I were to venture a guess, it’d be some combination of obesity related abject bullying (multiple studies demonstrate bullying is associated with decreased physical activity and obesity has been shown to be the number one target of schoolyard bullying, not to mention the fact that bullies may make fun of heavier kids when exercising explicitly), being one of the worst/slowest on a team, and increased effort involved, that lead heavier kids to decreased MVPA (moderate-to-vigorous physical activity).

Now I’ve blogged before about the Coca-Cola funded ISCOLE trial almost entirely ignoring the possibility that childhood obesity drives inactivity rather than the other way around, and recently, another study came out of the ISCOLE group that did the same.

(and if you’re interested, here’s a published discussion of the emails between ISCOLE investigators and Coca-Cola that not surprisingly suggests that these relationships have the very real potential to influence the framing of results even if funders not involved in study design)

The study, Joint associations between weekday and weekend physical activity or sedentary time and childhood obesity, published in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at weekday and weekend levels of MVPA and sedentary time in 9-11 year old children in 12 countries and their associations with obesity.

Yes, they were found to be associated.

Though they do have a single throwaway line speaking to causality,

“It is not known whether lower levels of physical activity are the cause or the consequence of obesity”,

that did not stop them from writing this as their final line and conclusion,

“Since children have more discretionary time during weekend days than weekdays, children should be encouraged to increase physical activity during weekend days, especially a high level of MVPA

which while true on the basis of health as a whole, when framed in the explicit context of childhood obesity as it is in this paper, seems to deny the much more likely case that weight simply slows kids down.

And honestly, that matters.

It matters because one of the most predominant stereotypical narratives of obesity is that it is a disease of laziness and ISCOLE’s recurrently utilized framing supports that stigmatizing message. It also matters because, if considered at least by the parents I regularly see in my office, inactive children with obesity are being regularly judged (and sometimes even shamed or bullied) by their well-intentioned parents for not being active enough to lead them to lighter weights and I can’t help but wonder if this would still be the case if the meat of the discussions in these sorts of papers focused on the barriers to physical activity erected by childhood obesity itself?

I would love to see more research done on the various mechanisms by which childhood obesity might contributes to inactivity, and more longitudinal studies designed to test causality, rather than paper after paper with conclusions that to my confirmation bias at least, ignore the many reasons why kids with obesity are understandably less likely to be physically active, and in so doing, fail those poor kids.

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