Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Bicycling never gets old!

    Bicycling never gets old!

    June 22, 2017

    Two centuries after their invention, bicycles are still the most efficient and beneficial form of transportation we have. Get out and ride if you can! It's good for you and the planet. More »

  • Photo: Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis

    Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis

    June 15, 2017

    In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated monumental ignorance about climate change and the agreement itself. As Vox energy and climate writer David Roberts noted about Trump's announcement, "It is a remarkable address, in its own way, in that virtually every passage contains something false or misleading." More »

  • Photo: Protecting oceans is paying off

    Protecting oceans is paying off

    June 8, 2017

    Earth's oceans still face many overwhelming challenges and political obstacles, yet the resilience of nature and ecosystems is powerful. If we can rally around actions that protect rich ocean biodiversity, they can continue to provide an endless bounty of wonder and treasure. More »

  • Photo: World Environment Day reminds us to reconnect with nature

    World Environment Day reminds us to reconnect with nature

    June 1, 2017

    Getting outside, especially with the children in your life, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and friends, and the planet. World Environment Day reminds us of the importance of connecting with nature every day! More »

  • Photo: Oil and plastic are choking the planet

    Oil and plastic are choking the planet

    May 25, 2017

    We can and must cut down on fossil fuels and plastics. We also have alternatives, and ways to prevent plastics from ending up in the oceans. Those who look away and pretend we don't have a problem are only slowing solutions and accelerating our self-destruction. More »

  • Photo: Increased awareness is key to resolving the climate crisis

    Increased awareness is key to resolving the climate crisis

    May 18, 2017

    Many individual solutions, especially, come with added benefits. There's so much people can do in their personal lives: drive less, eat less or no meat and dairy, be more energy efficient, reduce waste, buy less and divest from fossil fuel companies among them. But individual actions alone won't resolve the crisis. That's why the most important way to help keep the world healthy and habitable for humans is to get informed and get involved. We hope this book will encourage more people to join the growing movement for a livable future! More »

  • Photo: Long work hours don't work for people or the planet

    Long work hours don't work for people or the planet

    May 11, 2017

    A transition won't necessarily be easy, but it's time we stopped applying 20th century concepts and methods to 21st century life. Economic systems that require constant growth on a finite planet don't make sense. The fact that the world's richest 62 people now have more wealth than the poorest half of the world's population is absurd and tragic. More »

  • Photo: Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.'s oil and gas industry

    Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.'s oil and gas industry

    May 4, 2017

    Climate change is a serious issue, and methane emissions are a significant contributor. Getting them under control is a quick, cost-effective way to help address the problem. What's stopping us? More »

  • Photo: The grisly truth about B.C.'s grizzly trophy hunt

    The grisly truth about B.C.'s grizzly trophy hunt

    April 27, 2017

    Grizzly bears venturing from dens in search of food this spring will face landscapes dominated by mines, roads, pipelines, clearcuts and ever-expanding towns and cities. As in years past, they'll also face the possibility of painful death at the hands of trophy hunters. More »

  • Photo: March for science, march for Earth Day, march for humanity!

    March for science, march for Earth Day, march for humanity!

    April 20, 2017

    Every day should be Earth Day, but it's good to have a special day to remind us of the importance of protecting the air, water, soil and biodiversity that we all depend on for health and survival. Politicians are supposed to work for the long-term well-being of people who elect them, not to advance the often short-sighted agendas of those who pay large sums of money to get their way regardless of the consequences. Standing together to make ourselves heard is one of the best ways to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities. More »