CSFS Associates in the News

Only one-in-five hungry Canadians use food banks — what’s broken?

Only one-in-five hungry Canadians use food banks — what’s broken?

Only one-in-five hungry Canadians use food banks — what’s broken? January 16, 2023 CSFS Associate and Land and Food Systems professor Dr. Jennifer Black explained why people avoid food banks. “Most people will do almost anything to not have to go. They’ll borrow money from friends. They’ll sacrifice things. They’ll sell things. They’ll go into […]
Six new climate policies anticipated for B.C. in 2023

Six new climate policies anticipated for B.C. in 2023

Six new climate policies anticipated for B.C. in 2023 January 16, 2023 A report by CSFS Associate and Land and Food Systems research associate Matthew Mitchell looked into how Canada can reach its biodiversity targets by 2030. Meeting the 30 per cent target of land and water conserved means the country will have to protect […]
Five ‘eco-types’ who focus on the environment

Five ‘eco-types’ who focus on the environment

Five ‘eco-types’ who focus on the environment January 16, 2023 CSFS Associate and Sociology professor Dr. Emily Huddart Kennedy wrote about the most common types of relationship people have with the environment. The eco-types include the Eco-Engaged, Self-Effacing, Optimists, Fatalists and the Indifferent. Read the full article at the Winnipeg Free Press.
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What type of environmentalist are you?

What type of environmentalist are you? December 7, 2022 CSFS Associate Dr. Emily Huddart Kennedy argued that instead of judging a person’s behaviours or attitudes about environmental issues, we can become curious about why they believe or act as they do. “We can trust that if we had grown up in the same circumstances, we would […]
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Raccoons get a reputation makeover

Raccoons get a reputation makeover December 7, 2022 CSFS Associate Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram (Forest & Conservation Sciences, Zoology) discussed her research that is mapping raccoon social networks. Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal (subscription).
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Fewer chemicals is good news for Earth’s ozone. Here’s why

Fewer chemicals is good news for Earth’s ozone. Here’s why December 5, 2022 CSFS Associate Dr. Tara Ivanochko (Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences) explained why we need to protect the Earth’s ozone. “For a period of time, we were using chemicals for things like refrigerants [a chemical used to make things cool] that […]
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How this UBC-led team developed a first-of-its-kind farming app

How this UBC-led team developed a first-of-its-kind farming app December 5, 2022 Developed by a farmer-scientist partnership at UBC, LiteFarm is a free and open source management tool that enables farmers to manage their operations more sustainably. Team members Dr. Hannah Wittman (CSFS Associate), Kevin Cussen (LiteFarm Product Manager) and Dana James (post-doc at the […]
Thousands of people rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery and march through the city to bring attention to the global climate change issue. (Ric Ernst/PNG)

New UBC climate course partners with City of Vancouver to find carbon-reduction solutions

New UBC climate course partners with City of Vancouver to find carbon-reduction solutions November 14, 2022 Dr. Tara Ivanochko (Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences), CSFS Associate and the Sustainability Hub’s Academic Director, discussed the courses offered at UBC to study the impact of climate change. In Ivanochko’s lab, students are “coming up with creative […]
B.C. is in a crazy drought and scientists say climate change is to blame

B.C. is in a crazy drought and scientists say climate change is to blame

B.C. is in a crazy drought and scientists say climate change is to blame October 20, 2022 CSFS Associate Dr. Kai Chan (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability) said hotter, drier summers, drought and fires are consistent with what climate scientists have been saying we should expect. “Food production is suffering, salmon are suffering, there […]
Some farmers in B.C. able to extend harvesting while others struggle with drought

Some farmers in B.C. able to extend harvesting while others struggle with drought

Some farmers in B.C. able to extend harvesting while others struggle with drought October 17, 2022 Dr. Sean Smukler, Land and Food Systems and new CSFS Director, explained how the drought in B.C. is affecting farmers differently. “The crops that are well established and just need a little bit of water in this late season […]