Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Traditional aboriginal knowledge is critical to conservation

    Traditional aboriginal knowledge is critical to conservation

    February 5, 2010

    We must ensure that wilderness and wildlife conservation, including creating new parks and protected areas, recognizes indigenous rights to land and water and includes the involvement of indigenous peoples. More »

  • Photo: Vanishing sockeye shouldn't be labelled

    Vanishing sockeye shouldn't be labelled "sustainable"

    January 29, 2010

    Salmon have played a central role in the lives and culture of Pacific Northwest people throughout history. Their abundance in the oceans and rivers made them a major source of protein for hundreds of First Nations villages, and they were also crucial to trade. Today, they are still considered to be one of the tastiest and healthiest foods available. More »

  • Photo: Climate change is a symptom of economic madness

    Climate change is a symptom of economic madness

    January 22, 2010

    We cannot keep fooling ourselves into thinking that simply recycling and composting, replacing light bulbs, and buying hybrid cars will get us out of the jam we're in. These are important, but they're only a start. More »

  • Photo: Avatar offers loads of fun with a green message

    Avatar offers loads of fun with a green message

    January 15, 2010

    The movie is over the top, as most fairy tales are, with its conflict between the good guys (the Na'vi and a few Earthlings) and bad guys (the rest of the Earth people), but it's a rip-snorter of an adventure when the good guys fight back with flying reptiles (I'd give my right arm to have one of them!), six-legged horses, and a host of other ferocious "beasts". More »

  • Photo: Imagine a brighter 21st century

    Imagine a brighter 21st century

    January 8, 2010

    In our short time on Earth, we humans have emerged from a chaotic world, imposing order and meaning in myriad ways, imagining the world into being. That was our great gift. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, will we prove ourselves to be imaginative beings capable of creating a better world? More »

  • Photo: The ocean is more than a great place to catch fish

    The ocean is more than a great place to catch fish

    December 11, 2009

    To many people, our oceans are little more than a great blue expanse of water. To some, they are a source of beauty and enjoyment. And for millions of people around the globe, the oceans are sources of food and jobs in fishing or fish-farming industries. But the oceans are also the anchor for life on this planet. When it comes to global warming, the oceans may be our salvation. More »

  • Photo: Canada must do more to confront climate crisis

    Canada must do more to confront climate crisis

    December 4, 2009

    People who deny the reality of human-caused global warming are wetting their pants over the illegal theft and release of emails from scientists at the East Anglia Climate Research Unit.... More »

  • Photo: Protecting nature in our neighbourhoods saves us money

    Protecting nature in our neighbourhoods saves us money

    November 27, 2009

    Last winter, as the federal Finance Department was preparing to spend billions of dollars to stimulate the economy in the face of a global economic meltdown, the David Suzuki Foundation... More »

  • Photo: Health-care pros signal importance of keeping the environment healthy

    Health-care pros signal importance of keeping the environment healthy

    November 20, 2009

    You can't have healthy people without a healthy environment. We know that pollution and environmental degradation can cause a range of health problems, from mild stomach ailments to birth defects,... More »

  • Photo: All life depends on the oceans

    All life depends on the oceans

    November 13, 2009

    It's often said that we know as much about Mars and the moon as we do about our oceans. Considering that Earth is 71 per cent ocean, this should be... More »