Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Industrial damage threatens Blueberry River's way of life

    Industrial damage threatens Blueberry River's way of life

    July 21, 2016

    No one should have to put up with such high levels of destructive industrial activity, especially when they aren't given a say in decisions. More »

  • Photo: The future of hydro in a warming world

    The future of hydro in a warming world

    July 14, 2016

    Hydropower will remain part of the clean-energy equation, but we need to find the least disruptive, most efficient methods. More »

  • Photo: Dark earth could herald a bright future for agriculture and climate

    Dark earth could herald a bright future for agriculture and climate

    July 7, 2016

    Dark earth won't solve all our climate problems, but combined with reducing fossil fuel use, it could make a huge difference while addressing many agriculture, food security and hunger issues. More »

  • Photo: Broken records define the climate crisis

    Broken records define the climate crisis

    June 30, 2016

    Humanity's fate depends on the choices we make today. We can't let a polluting sunset industry and its minions block progress to a cleaner, healthier future. More »

  • Photo: South Australia sets an example for the country and the world

    South Australia sets an example for the country and the world

    June 23, 2016

    Australia — like much of the world — is in the throes of deciding whether to act seriously to reduce the threat of climate change. South Australia shows that many opportunities exist to do so. More »

  • Photo: Feed-in tariffs help renewable energy grow

    Feed-in tariffs help renewable energy grow

    June 16, 2016

    Burning finite fuels in huge plants to generate electricity is no way to power the future. Meeting global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming requires a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Feed-in tariffs are an effective way for governments to encourage that shift. More »

  • Photo: Oceans of reasons to protect what we love

    Oceans of reasons to protect what we love

    June 9, 2016

    June 8 marks World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth's surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which we have not yet even discovered. More »

  • Photo: Grassy Narrows' fight for clean water is a struggle for environmental justice

    Grassy Narrows' fight for clean water is a struggle for environmental justice

    June 2, 2016

    It's time for the provincial and federal governments to join with Grassy Narrows to clean up the Wabigoon River. No single act would go further to illustrate that a new era has dawned in our relationship with Indigenous peoples and our shared environment. More »

  • Photo: Feeding humanity in a warming world

    Feeding humanity in a warming world

    May 26, 2016

    We are part of nature, so harming it hurts us. The planet provides resources to feed us. We must learn to use them sustainably. More »

  • Photo: Eating less meat will reduce Earth's heat

    Eating less meat will reduce Earth's heat

    May 19, 2016

    Estimates of how much animal agriculture adds to greenhouse gases range widely, from about 14 to more than 50 per cent of total global emissions. Agriculture exacerbates climate change in a number of ways. Clearing carbon sinks such as forests to grow or raise food can result in net greenhouse gas increases. Farming, especially on an industrial scale, also requires fossil fuel-burning machinery, as does processing and transporting agricultural products. More »