All Posts in Category "Environment"

Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

07 December 2013 by John Underhay

Just a year ago a paper by Gilles-Eric Séralini published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize created a stir in the anti-GMO community. It was touted around the world as the definitive proof that GMOs caused cancer, just as many […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Environment, Featured, Science, Skepticism5 Comments

Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

15 October 2013 by Shawn Brooks

With the recent release of the latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) there has been a cluster of news articles and television timeslots devoted to climate change in the Canadian media over the past couple of weeks. Anthony Farnell, a meteorologist with Global News wrote a piece about the IPCC’s latest […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Environment, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Reviews, Science, Skepticism9 Comments

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

02 September 2013 by Gem Newman

A news article from the Irish Independent has been making the rounds these last few days. With the cheery title of “Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides” this (almost) unbelievably credulous bit of reportage claims that a new technology developed in Ireland will solve pretty well every modern-day agricultural woe. “But how?” you […]

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Posted in Environment, Featured, Pseudoscience, Skepticism2 Comments

Where’s My Lab-grown Meat?

Where’s My Lab-grown Meat?

21 August 2013 by Gem Newman

Where’s My Jetpack is an occasional segment on Life, the Universe & Everything Else, a podcast produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics of Manitoba. This segment will air on 25 August 2013, as part of Episode 64. For decades now, scientists have been promising us untold marvels, from jetpacks to […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Environment7 Comments

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

29 July 2013 by Shawn Brooks

One of the internet research techniques that can be used is to sift through all the information on climate change  is to pay attention to what the stakeholders are doing. Who are the stakeholders? Some of the most important ones are: climate scientists (it’s what they do) oil companies (fossil fuel production and distribution costs could […]

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Climate Misinformation Spread on Canadian Air-Waves by Charles Adler

Climate Misinformation Spread on Canadian Air-Waves by Charles Adler

05 November 2012 by Shawn Brooks

When it comes to getting scientifically reputable information on climate change, it can be a daunting task because of the politicization that has surrounded this issue. No arguments there. However, on October 16th, when Charles Adler heard about an article published in the Daily Mail in the UK with the extraordinary title “Global warming stopped […]

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Posted in Canada, Environment, Media, Science, Skepticism3 Comments

Skepticism in a Small Town

Skepticism in a Small Town

28 September 2012 by Scott Gavura

The following is a cross-post from Science-Based Pharmacy, contributed by a Canadian pharmacist who blogs under the pseudonym “Sara Russell”. In my last post, I introduced myself as a pharmacist in a small-ish town, eager to combat the growing acceptance of pseudoscience into the mainstream. I love living where I live for a multitude of […]

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Posted in Canada, Culture, Environment, Featured, Guest Post, Pseudoscience, Skepticism3 Comments

Does Extremely Low Fukushima Radiation Increase Cancer Risk in North America?

Does Extremely Low Fukushima Radiation Increase Cancer Risk in North America?

04 September 2011 by Rob Tarzwell

If Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight‘s Alex Roslin knows how to reliably estimate cancer risk from ultra-low radiation exposures which are, by his own report, below overall background, he knows something the world’s radiobiologists and cancer epidemiologists don’t, despite decades of intense study. Roslin’s “Safe” radiation levels after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster challenged by citizens, hits […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Environment, Media, Science7 Comments

The Straight’s Radiophobic Hissy Fit

The Straight’s Radiophobic Hissy Fit

10 August 2011 by Rob Tarzwell

  This is a guest post from Dr. Rob Tarzwell. Dr. Tarzwell is a nuclear medicine specialist (in training) at UBC in Vancouver, and is on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is a CFI advisor. Vancouver’s Georgia Straight, no stranger to willfully stupid incredulity on science matters, has once […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Environment, Medical Conditions6 Comments

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Climate Change: 400 Years Too Late for Henry Hudson

05 July 2011 by Ethan Clow

Despite the onset of summer and the melting ice in and around Hudson’s Bay, Henry Hudson must have felt particularly cold that day of June, 1611.  Along with his son Jon, and six other crewmen, Hudson was bound by his former crew and left in a small shallop and set adrift in the bay that […]

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Posted in Canada, Environment, History, Science, Social Sciences, Territories1 Comment