What are we reading? April 22, 2021

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Rising costs – particularly for housing – and stagnant salaries have put food security at risk for many Canadians, warns Dr. Sylvain Charlebois. – The Orca



Various B.C. governments and schools feature prominently on Mediacorp Canada’s new list of Canada’s top green employers. Some private businesses rate too – among them Burnaby’s Hemmera Envirochem Inc. and Pacific Blue Cross and Richmond’s Nature’s Path Foods, Inc. – Globe and Mail


Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Given that the AstraZeneca vaccine is now available for those aged 40 and older, I read up on viral vector vaccines such as the AstraZeneca’s. Regardless of which vaccine was available, however, I would have taken it. – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/viralvector.html


Entertaining tale of a few photographers who are also novice investors and how they got caught up in the trading frenzy with GameStop, and other meme stocks. – Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/robinhood-three-friends-and-the-fortune-that-got-away-11619099755?mod=hp_lead_pos5


I hadn’t realized that a bottle of whisky had such a high carbon footprint. This article fleshes out the carbon emissions per 750ml bottle, and which brands are more sustainable . – Bloomberg



Nelson Bennett, reporter:

Another small step to Mars. The Mars Perseverance rover has turned atmospheric carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen. The experiment is an important one, because if humans are ever to occupy Mars, they will need to be able to generate both water and oxygen from whatever resources are available on the Red Planet. – Digital Trends



The Netflix documentary Seaspiracy has generated a considerable amount of debunking, fact-checking and outright dismissal, including from a number of ocean scientists and fisheries experts. The documentary essentially concludes that the oceans will soon be barren of sea life due to over-fishing. Danial Pauley, a world renowned marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, has been warning for years about over fishing. But in this opinion piece he wrote for Vox, even he says Seaspiracy goes too far. – Vox



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

If you've ever wondered why it doesn't take much to be a successful hacker these days, consider this list compiled by NordPass of the top passwords used by companies in the logistics and transportation sector. 



Your Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca shot might just be an aperitif in the coronavirus war. With any luck super vaccines are on the way to render any coronavirus a variant of little concern. – The Weather Channel



More insights on what the pandemic is doing for robots and workplace employment inequality. – International Monetary Fund