Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Climate change denial isn't about science, or even skepticism

    Climate change denial isn't about science, or even skepticism

    March 8, 2012

    Let's suppose the world's legitimate scientific institutions and academies, climate scientists, and most of the world's governments are wrong. Would it still make sense to continue rapidly burning the world's diminishing supply of fossil fuels? More »

  • Photo: Weaver study offers fossil fuels warning

    Weaver study offers fossil fuels warning

    March 1, 2012

    It was inevitable that climate change deniers and some oil industry promoters would misinterpret a study by scientist Andrew Weaver before reading beyond the headlines. A letter in the Calgary... More »

  • Photo: Documents strike at heart of denial machine

    Documents strike at heart of denial machine

    February 23, 2012

    When hackers broke into an Internet server at East Anglia University in the U.K. and selectively released massive amounts of correspondence from the world's leading climate scientists, folks at the... More »

  • Photo: They say radical; we say rational

    They say radical; we say rational

    February 16, 2012

    We're not about to quit oil cold turkey. Does that mean we should continue with business as usual? In Canada, "business as usual" means rapidly increasing oil sands exploitation and... More »

  • Photo: Report shows Canada must do more for its oceans

    Report shows Canada must do more for its oceans

    February 9, 2012

    It's been 20 years since Canada's East Coast cod fishery collapsed, and we still have no recovery target or timeline for rebuilding populations. That's just one finding in a damning... More »

  • Photo: Science literacy is good for society

    Science literacy is good for society

    February 2, 2012

    Kids ask questions. Sometimes adults feel inadequate if they don't have ready answers. But when I became a teacher, I learned quickly that there's nothing wrong with saying, "I don't... More »

  • Photo: Oil sands and pipeline debates hindered by lack of energy plan

    Oil sands and pipeline debates hindered by lack of energy plan

    January 26, 2012

    The ongoing pipeline debates have become mired in conspiracy theories, distractions, and misinformation. Is there nothing we can all agree on? To begin, who would deny that our most basic... More »

  • Photo: What's so radical about caring for the Earth?

    What's so radical about caring for the Earth?

    January 19, 2012

    Caring about the air, water, and land that give us life. Exploring ways to ensure Canada's natural resources serve the national interest. Knowing that sacrificing our environment to a corporate-controlled... More »

  • Photo: Northern Gateway is about profits versus environment

    Northern Gateway is about profits versus environment

    January 11, 2012

    The battle lines are drawn, and Northern B.C.'s pristine wilderness is the latest front. With hearings underway into the proposed $5.5-billion, dual 1,172-kilometre Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project to transport... More »

  • Photo: What are governments for?

    What are governments for?

    January 6, 2012

    What purpose do governments serve? Some people think we could do without them, but that's absurd. Even libertarians agree that some kind of police force and legal system are necessary... More »