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Boris Johnson ‘Missing in Action’ Ahead of COP26 Climate Summit, Say Campaigners

Posted July 23, 2021 by Anonymous

Climate campaigners have called on the UK government to step up its action ahead of the COP26 UN summit set to take place in Glasgow in November, which they say is in “serious jeopardy”. A hundred protesters gathered in Parliament Square this morning to mark 100 days before the talks begin, accusing Prime Minister Boris […]

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European Business Groups Voice Support for New ‘Fit for 55’ Climate Agenda While Lobbying to Water It Down

Posted July 22, 2021 by Anonymous

On July 14, the European Union (EU) announced a sweeping package of climate proposals that will help the continent cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030, from a 1990 baseline. The so-called “Fit for 55” climate package includes a strengthening of the cap-and-trade system, an effective ban on gasoline and diesel vehicle sales […]

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Ex-COP26 President’s Role at Fossil Fuel ‘Astroturfing’ Firm Approved

Posted July 22, 2021 by Anonymous

Former UK Energy Minister and original COP26 President Claire O’Neill has been cleared to take up a role at a business consultancy known for running “astroturf” campaigns for fossil fuel companies, despite warnings from the body that approves such appointments.  FTI Consulting, which announced that O’Neill would be joining the company last month, has previously […]

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World on ‘Borrowed Time’ as Celebs Urge MPs to Pass Climate Emergency Bill

Posted July 21, 2021 by Anonymous

Celebrities have joined scientists and cross-party politicians in calling for the UK government to pass a “crucial” bill to meet international climate targets. Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are among the thousands to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) bill through a “Zero Hour” campaign […]

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Fossil Fuel Giants Ignoring IEA ‘Net Zero’ Report Despite Pledges, Analysis Finds

Posted July 20, 2021 by Anonymous

Fossil fuel companies are pressing ahead with new oil and gas developments, despite a recent warning from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that this will make the Paris Agreement goals impossible to meet, an analysis has found. According to the author of the analysis, the companies and industry bodies, most of which have made public […]

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Communities Petition for Major Oil Companies to Stay Away From Uganda Exploration Frontier Near UNESCO Reserve

Posted July 19, 2021 by Anonymous

Community-based groups and civil society organisations in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are urging multinational oil companies to keep off a new biodiversity-rich oil exploration block opened in Western Uganda’s region.  The groups are asking fossil fuel giants Total E&P, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) of China, and Australia’s DGR Global Ltd, among […]

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Investigation: How the Meat Industry is Climate-Washing its Polluting Business Model

Posted July 18, 2021 by Anonymous

In February last year, the head of a leading global meat industry body gave a “pep talk” to his colleagues at an Australian agriculture conference.  “It’s a recurring theme that somehow the livestock sector and eating meat is detrimental to the environment, that it is a serious negative in terms of the climate change discussions,” […]

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Meat Industry Responses: In Full

Posted July 18, 2021 by Anonymous

DeSmog approached all 10 organisations for which it added profiles to the Agribusiness Database, as part of an investigation into the meat industry’s “climate-washing”. They are: Vion Food Group, Danish Crown, JBS, Tyson, European Livestock Voice, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Animal Agriculture Alliance, North American Meat Institute, European Roundtable on Beef Sustainability and […]

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DOE Quietly Backs Plan for Carbon Capture Network Larger Than Entire Oil Pipeline System

Posted July 18, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

An organization run by former Obama-era Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, with the backing of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 labor unions, has created a policy “blueprint” to build a nationwide pipeline network capable of carrying a gigaton of captured carbon dioxide (CO2). The “Building to Net-Zero” blueprint appears to be quietly gaining momentum within […]

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California Oil Lobby Seeks to Strip Environmental Protections for Groundwater Amid Drought

Posted July 17, 2021 by guest

By Aaron Cantu. This story originally appeared in Capitol and Main and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. A prominent oil and gas lobbying group seeks to strip environmental protections from groundwater sources designated by the state for agricultural use and which may […]

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Saturday Stories: Myocarditis, Breakthrough Infections, and Ivermectin Fraud

Posted July 17, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Howard, in Science Based Medicine, explores myocarditis and spin with the mRNA vaccines.Katherine J. Wu, in the Atlantic, on how to understand breakthrough infections in the vaccinated. Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in Medium, covers the terri…

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Saturday Stories: Kids, New Zealand, And More Kids

Posted July 10, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jeremy Samuel Faust, Katie Dickerson Mayes and Céline Gounder, in The New York Times, with more on the risk of COVID to kids and how ultimately the choice will be for them to eventually catch it, or get vaccinated. 
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Saturday Stories: Base Rate Bias, Weight Bias, And The Future of Ventilation

Posted July 3, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katelyn Jetelina, in Your Local Epidemiologist, explains base rate bias by way of Israel, Delta, and 50% of cases being found in those already vaccinated. Diana Duong, in the CMAJ, briefly interviews me regarding obesity, weight bias, and COVID.L…

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Here’s some stuff to cheer about!

Posted July 2, 2021 by Anonymous

Well, it doesn’t look like we’re going to be able to celebrate the Habs winning the Cup, so here’s some stuff we CAN enjoy! First, some very good boys: This good boy set the world record. An 83 yard frisbee catch… pic.twitter.com/8v9dYJ7DPI— Rex C…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccinating Kids, Ivermectin, and Novavax

Posted June 26, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Edward Nirenberg, Daniel A. Freedman, Risa Hoshino, Jonathan Howard, and Alastair McAlpine,  in BMJ Blogs, on vaccinating kids vs. COVID. Anna Merlan, in Vice, on the invermectin conspiracy mongers. Hilda Bastien, in The Atlantic, on wh…

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Now here’s the math prof we all should have had

Posted June 20, 2021 by Anonymous

Math professor fixes projector screen. Sound on https://t.co/gcJhzVOrTp pic.twitter.com/ulWFRIWT6l— Channa Prakash (@AgBioWorld) June 19, 2021

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Saturday Stories: Delta, Ventilation, and Childhood COVID

Posted June 19, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jennifer Yang and Kenyon Wallace, in The Toronto Star, on how cities, provinces and countries awash in vaccines can still mess things up if they’re not cautious with the Delta variant. 
Tavia Grant, in The Globe and Mail, on the need to address ve…

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Saturday Stories: Not Individuals, And Long COVID And Kids

Posted June 12, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how health, including during pandemics, cannot be framed as a matter of individual/personal choice.
Elizabeth Cooney, in STAT, on what we do and don’t know about children COVID long haulers. 
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Saturday Stories: The Finish Line and Microchips

Posted June 5, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jessica Smith-Cross, in QP Briefing, on Ontario’s (and really everywhere’s) COVID finish line. James Heathers, in The Atlantic, ponders whether or not he received a microchip in his COVID vaccine.
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This sad week

Posted May 31, 2021 by Anonymous

I was going to put up another funny post, but not tonight. This week I read the books Nomadland and Snakes in Suits so I was a little bummed out to begin with.  And then we got the terrible news about the Kamloops Residential School grav…

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Saturday Stories: The Latest Scary Variant, Systematic Evidence, And Lab Leaks

Posted May 29, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

John Michael McGrath, for TVO, on what we do and don’t know about the latest scary variant B.1.617
Hilda Bastian, in her blog Absolutely Maybe, on the evidence behind the systematic evidence behind all matters COVID. 
David Leonhardt, in The New …

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Saturday Stories: They Were Loved

Posted May 22, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

More than 25,000 Canadians have been lost to COVID-19 (and terrible governance given the bulk of those deaths were preventable), Macleans is collecting their stories. Please take the time today to click at least a few.
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Saturday Stories: Vaccinating Kids, Hatred And COVID

Posted May 15, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Gideon M-K, in Medium, on whether or not we should be vaccinating kids against the coronavirus (tl;dr – yes) 
Bernie Farber and David Fisman, in The Globe and Mail, on the overlap between racism, hate, and COVID denialists. 
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Seven tweets in May

Posted May 11, 2021 by Anonymous

Enjoying his life to the fullest#dogs #dogsoftwitter #DogsofTwittter pic.twitter.com/HOq8cWKGyl— dog lover (@10_Ilovedogs) April 21, 2021 There are 2 types of dogs.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/RtyNme0rHe— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) May 10, 2021 If you’…

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Saturday Stories: Blood Clots, NNTs, And Incentives

Posted May 8, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Kai Kupferschmidt and Gretchen Vogel, in Science, explore the future of vaccines with rare risks of blood clots.Andrew Althouse, in Medscape, on vaccines and the failure of NNTs.John Michael McGrath, in TVO, makes the case for paying people to get vac…

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Saturday Stories: One Universal Coronavirus Vaccine, Fringe Science, And The Misnomer Of Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted May 1, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

James Hamblin, in the Atlantic, on the promise of a single coronavirus vaccine which would protect us against SARS, MERS, COVID-19, and every other coronavirus-related disease, forever and ever.
David Robert Grimes, in Scientific American, on how COVI…

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Happy Friday

Posted April 30, 2021 by Anonymous

I’m back – turned out my keyboard had somehow disconnected itself from my laptop operating system and they needed to find each other again. Sorta like this: The great escapeNothing can keep this cat away from his best friend 😻 pic.twitter.com/6W3PP7L0…

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Saturday Stories: Unanswered Questions, Ontario’s Misery, And Vietnam’s Triumph

Posted April 24, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Helen Branswell, in STAT, with the questions experts still have about COVID.
Justin Ling, in Macleans, with the almost unbelievable story of Ontario’s science table and its recommendations versus what our government is doing. 
Julia Belluz, in Vo…

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Laptop woes

Posted April 20, 2021 by Anonymous

Sorry my laptop is being looked at-all of a sudden the keyboard wouldn’t work. Not sure how long I will be without it. So – later, dude!

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Saturday Stories: Is Canada a Country, The Gaslighting of Science, And A Non-COVID Piece From Me

Posted April 17, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Lauren Dobson-Hughes, in The Line, reflecting on Canada’s responses to COVID wonders if we are actually a country?Zeynep, in Insight, on the gaslighting of science.And in non-COVID writing, here’s my latest in Medscape How Dare There Be Effective Drug…

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Saturday Stories: The End Of Year One, The End Of Hygiene Theatre, And The End Of The Whole Thing

Posted April 10, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Stephen Maher, in Macleans, with the comprehensive story of Canada’s first year with the pandemic.
Emily Anthes, in The New York Times, on the end of overzealous cleaning.
Gregg Gonsalves, in The Nation, on what comes after the end of this stage of th…

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Saturday Stories: Anti-Science, The Pandemic’s Wrongest Man, And The Not Great Indoors

Posted April 3, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Dangerous numpty. If you see, ignore.
Peter Hotez, in Scientific American, on the anti-science movement and the danger it poses to global public health. 
Derek Thomspon, in The Atlantic, explains why you should unfollow, unfriend, or at the very l…

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We don’t deserve dogs, do we?

Posted April 2, 2021 by Anonymous

After breaking his ankle — Russell Jones noticed that his dog Billy was limping too. After an exam, X-rays, and a $400 vet bill Billy presented no injuries. He was just sympathetically limping like his hooman…pic.twitter.com/8mvmNpwMNR— Rex Cha…

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The Boat as Metaphor

Posted March 29, 2021 by Anonymous

everyone’s anti-godzilla until there’s a 200,000 ton boat that can’t be moved— Emma Berquist (@eeberquist) March 27, 2021 So now the world is following the tale of the boat stuck in the Suez Canal, there’s even a website Is The Ship Still Stuck?And al…

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Saturday Stories: Vaccine Passports, Canadian Vaccine Manufacturing, and Not Delaying Vaccine Boosters For The Vulnerable

Posted March 27, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Saskia Popescu and Alexandra Phelan, in The New York Times, discuss the unwieldy realities that vaccine passports might face. Leslie Boehm and Gregory P. Marchildon, in Policy Options covers the past realities and future needs of Canadian vaccine…

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Saturday Stories: Africa’s Incredible COVID Supply Chain, On AstraZeneca’s Vaccine, And Asymptomatic Transmission

Posted March 20, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Javed Anees, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Reid Wilson, in The Hill, on the world leading way in which Africa approached COVID treatment and prevention supplies. 
David Spiegelhalter, in the Guardian, on why you need not be terribly worried about rec…

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Funny stuff

Posted March 15, 2021 by Anonymous

 

When you don’t have time for this crap. pic.twitter.com/JzfWuh8dEz

— 𝖠𝖺𝗋𝗈𝗇 𝖶𝗂𝖾𝗇𝖾𝗋 (@Wieneraaron) March 13, 2021

Never has there been a better introductory paragraph to a textbook, nor will there ever be. #higherEd https://t.co/e8TAuwJLGa pic.twitter.com/zp2HRmSszR

— Dr. Alec Couros (@courosa) March 7, 2021

Prince George and Princess Charlotte after the monarchy is abolished. pic.twitter.com/W8s984Ensq

— Rohita Kadambi 🍾 (@rohitak) March 8, 2021

And one more – its hilarious:

I’m never letting this video die pic.twitter.com/QAOXjNLAqk

— Best Videos 🎬🍿 (@30SECVlDEOS) February 7, 2021

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Saturday Stories: Vaccines For Longhaulers, EMT Reflections, And Societal Reopening

Posted March 13, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Akiko Iwasaki, in Medium, on how vaccination might help COVID longhaulers.
Jennifer Murphy, in The New York Times, reflects on her experiences as a NYC EMT during the worst of their pandemic.
Jane Philpott and David Walker, in The Ottawa Citizen, disc…

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