Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?

    Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?

    April 10, 2014

    April is Earth Month, and April 22 Earth Day. We should really celebrate our small blue planet and all it provides every day, but recent events give us particular cause to reflect on our home and how we're treating it. More »

  • Photo: Windmills are things of beauty

    Windmills are things of beauty

    April 3, 2014

    Climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity will face this century. Confronting it will take a radical change in the way we produce and consume energy — another industrial revolution, this time for clean energy, conservation and efficiency. More »

  • Photo: Citizen scientists can help monarch butterflies

    Citizen scientists can help monarch butterflies

    March 27, 2014

    We can all help ensure monarch butterflies continue this wonderful journey every year. More »

  • Photo: We can't just geoengineer our way out of climate change

    We can't just geoengineer our way out of climate change

    March 20, 2014

    Now that climate change has become undeniable, with consequences getting worse daily, many experts are eyeing solutions. More »

  • Photo: Canada's success depends on municipal infrastructure investments

    Canada's success depends on municipal infrastructure investments

    March 13, 2014

    Canada's growing cities have suffered from political indifference and inaction for too long. It's all about priorities, and building world-class cities through federal investments in much-needed infrastructure should be at the top of the list. More »

  • Photo: Wildlife win in court, lose on the ground

    Wildlife win in court, lose on the ground

    March 6, 2014

    Endangered species caught in long delays are like emergency patients denied life support. If we really care about them, we need to do a better job of supporting them. More »

  • Photo: Measuring progress with GDP is a gross mistake

    Measuring progress with GDP is a gross mistake

    February 27, 2014

    We deserve better indicators of societal well-being that extend beyond mere economic growth. Whatever we come up with, it has to be better than GDP with its absurd emphasis on endless growth on a finite planet. More »

  • Photo: Trading water for fuel is fracking crazy

    Trading water for fuel is fracking crazy

    February 20, 2014

    It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we're trading precious water for fossil fuels. More »

  • Photo: Will thorium save us from climate change?

    Will thorium save us from climate change?

    February 13, 2014

    All nuclear power remains expensive, unwieldy and difficult to integrate with intermittent renewables — and carries risks for weapons proliferation. But if the choice is between keeping nuclear power facilities running or shutting them down and replacing them with coal-fired power plants, the nuclear option is best for the climate. More »

  • Photo: Pete Seeger:

    Pete Seeger: "From way up here the Earth looks very small"

    February 6, 2014

    Pete Seeger was a great communicator for whom principles mattered more than anything else. He was a true American and world citizen and we're better off for the contributions he made during his long life. More »