Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Inaction on climate change comes with a huge price tag

    Inaction on climate change comes with a huge price tag

    November 6, 2009

    It's interesting to see the reaction to a report just released by our foundation and the Pembina Institute. The Globe and Mail called our analysis of the costs of fighting... More »

  • Photo: Copenhagen climate summit is crucial

    Copenhagen climate summit is crucial

    October 30, 2009

    The buzz around the December UN climate summit in Copenhagen is increasing. Some of you may be wondering what it's all about. Why is this one meeting so important? And does it really matter if it succeeds or fails? More »

  • Photo: Forests count in our fight against climate change

    Forests count in our fight against climate change

    October 23, 2009

    In 1992, I attended an event that filled me with hope. Canada and the rest of the world had just signed a climate change treaty at the United Nations Earth... More »

  • Photo: Copenhagen climate deal must be fair, ambitious, and binding

    Copenhagen climate deal must be fair, ambitious, and binding

    October 16, 2009

    Developed countries including Canada and the U.S. have benefited tremendously from fossil-fuel exploitation. Resources like oil, gas, and coal have allowed us to industrialize and to expand our economies, making life easier for citizens in so many ways. More »

  • Photo: Countdown to Copenhagen

    Countdown to Copenhagen

    October 9, 2009

    It's amazing what world leaders can do when they come together for a common cause, as they did in Montreal in 1987 to ban CFCs to protect the ozone layer. In December, our leaders will have a tremendous opportunity in Copenhagen to take the world into a new era of innovation and prosperity. More »

  • Photo: Life altering planetary experience

    Life altering planetary experience

    October 2, 2009

    Insurance companies, politicians, and businesspeople often use the expressions "natural disaster" or "act of God" to deflect responsibility for events beyond our control. Today, human activity and technology have become so powerful that we are contributing to what were once natural disasters. More »

  • Photo: More science needed on effects of genetically modifying food crops

    More science needed on effects of genetically modifying food crops

    September 23, 2009

    In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called "SmartStax", agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, "Wouldn't it be better?" But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food? More »

  • Photo: It's time to rethink our approach to garbage

    It's time to rethink our approach to garbage

    September 18, 2009

    In Mexico City, politicians recently banned the ubiquitous plastic bags that citizens use for everything from groceries to soft drinks. But that will only go part way to reducing the 12,000 tonnes of garbage the city produces every day. Only six per cent of Mexico City's garbage gets recycled now, but the government has an ambitious plan to recycle, compost, or burn for energy 85 per cent of it by 2013. More »

  • Photo: Outdoor schooling has many benefits

    Outdoor schooling has many benefits

    September 11, 2009

    As our children and grandchildren head back to school it's important to consider not just what we are teaching them but how we are teaching them. After all, the world... More »

  • Photo: Tiny Township victory sets a big example

    Tiny Township victory sets a big example

    September 4, 2009

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead More »