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Bez’s Blog # 6

The Ubiquitous Health Impacts of Socioeconomic Gradients June 16, 2022 much air can you blow out in one second.  You can measure it non-invasively by blowing into a spirometer, a tube that measures how much air passes though in the first second.  People with bigger lungs can blow out more air in one second so the number has to be

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Milner on Biodiversity- Blog #3

Edward Milner  June 9, 2022  A recent news item in the UK publicised the claim that the construction of 120,000 new homes was delayed because of a ruling by Natural England (the Government’s biodiversity agency) because pollution to local wetlands would result unless major changes were made to the builders’ plans. For a moment I was quietly astonished; environmental protection

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The Rights of Nature: Some thoughts on the Biodiversity Crisis 

April 14, 2022  As the latest IPCC report takes the headlines, the equally urgent biodiversity crisis is once again pushed down the agenda below the Ukraine War, the cost of living crisis, and global heating due to uncontrolled carbon emissions. UN Biodiversity Conference – now, finally due to take place in Kunming China in a few weeks’ time – constantly

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BEZ’S BLOG #3: Why the United States Is Dead First

The entomologist E.O. Wilson, who died recently, wrote back in 1998 “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”   The situation today is even more extreme as our attention

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Bezruchka’s Story

By Dr. Stephen Bezruchka January 20, 2022 David Zakus asked me if I would do a blog for the PHW.  I’ve known David from his days in Edmonton at the University of Alberta and follow the Weekly every Thursday.  Some background about me and what I hope to cover, this being my first blog. I was born in Toronto and

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A CONVERSATION WITH RUMIA OWAISI

A CONVERSATION WITH RUMIA OWAISI: Rumia Owaisi is a recent graduate from York University, where she completed her BA in Global Health with a specialization in health promotion and disease prevention. During her time at York University, Rumia was heavily involved in student services, as well as research activities with her professors. For her efforts and strong academic performance, she

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