Tuesday, July 23, 2024

BIG Exclusives

Deep dive delivers definitive data on meat marketplace

The processed meat industry in North America is a $230-billion-dollar venture that produces more than 40% of the world’s beef, pork and poultry supply. Robust growth is forecast for the industry as global demand and population increase steadily. In the United States, one of the world’s top meat-consuming countries, an estimated 96% of residents include a meat product as part of their daily diet. Some Netflix documentaries would have you believe that the meat sector is a blatant...

Sea level is rising; should we be worried?

One of the concerns associated with climate warming is rising sea level. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (2019) estimates that global mean sea level will rise 30 to 110 centimetres (cm) between 2005 and 2100. Media reports have regularly blamed climate change for rising sea levels threatening the homes and livelihoods of people along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Louisiana and in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. We have seen many...

Coffee culture continues to carry colossal clout

Coffee is as much a part of our society as television, music, and automobiles. Its provision of the stimulant caffeine is a functional answer to sleep deprivation, a low-key first-date proposal, a hangover cure, and it is a socially acceptable beverage to offer and consume any time of day. Beyond coffee’s engrained social status are significant health implications and a potent economic punch. The history of coffee 850 B.C. – Coffee makes its appearance in the Kaffa region...

COVID collateral – overdose data shows alarming crisis

As COVID-19 continues to dominate North American media coverage, a drug-overdose crisis rages under the radar. Deaths from drug overdose in Canada are up by an average of 54% during the pandemic.Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada - Public Health Infobase | Public Health Agency of Canada Some experts are calling on the government to make access to drugs easier as supply dwindles and demand is at a fever pitch. In the province of British Columbia,...

Power struggle – data analysis puts Texas energy debacle in perspective

There has been a lot of heated discussion about the recent weather-related electricity crisis in Texas. In case you somehow missed it, the temperature in much of the southern United States dropped to very unusual lows for several days in a row in February 2021. The low temperatures caused snowfall and freezing rain in many areas, creating havoc on the roads for drivers with neither winter driving experience nor snow tires. Much worse, however, were...

COVID-19 collateral – strained mental health a global concern

Physical health has come under great scrutiny during the COVID-19 crisis, but related mental health factors may have a longer-lasting, further-reaching, and more significant impact on societal norms and demands on health-care systems. A review of studies conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly in China but including the United States, Canada, and European countries, has highlighted alarming trends regarding mental health markers associated with elevated suicide rates. It is important to keep in mind that...

The business of cancer: a growing concern

When one digs deeply into the sweeping sphere of cancer there is an abundance of misinformation and an endless stream of puzzling dilemmas and unanswered questions. We have a cure; “Big Pharma” is preventing that cure from making it to market. Cannabis cures cancer. There is no cure for cancer. Can anybody truly say they are an expert on cancer if they can’t cure it? Can you really understand the cause if you cannot...

Renewables Part 2: cost and economic viability

With files from Brad Hayes An oft-cited criticism of wind and solar is that they are expensive and uneconomic in comparison to the incumbent generation sources (coal, gas, hydro, and nuclear) that make up the bulk of global electricity generation. Higher electricity prices are, of course, undesirable to most consumers, but they would also hinder widespread adoption of wind and solar. To date, this issue has been addressed with subsidies and incentives put in place...

Scientific and realistic views on climate policy – a lesson from Scott Tinker

Photo courtesy Smithsonian Magazine   We are constantly bombarded with contradictory views not only on the magnitude and effects of future climate changes, but on the best ways to address the issues. It is very difficult for even the best-read layperson to make sense of the widely disparate and often hostile viewpoints. To start out, it is important to distinguish between the scientific investigations addressing climate, and the actions we undertake to deal with climate-related problems. Scientific...

Social influencers – following the money

Top male gamer influencer Dan Middleton (aka DanTDM)   “Social media influencer” – it is a real job title, and many in the profession are making real money. Some influencers make more in one sponsored post than many of us make in an entire year. We dig into how they make their money and how much, who is paying them, and whether or not the investment into someone’s influence offers a significant return. Influencing consumers to purchase goods...