Science Matters archives

  • Photo: It's getting harder and harder to spot the spotted owl

    It's getting harder and harder to spot the spotted owl

    April 2, 2010

    We must demand that the provincial government put an end to logging in old-growth forests and allow more second-growth forests to mature if we are to ensure the survival of the spotted owl and other old-growth dependent plants and animals. More »

  • Photo: Technological fixes can have serious consequences

    Technological fixes can have serious consequences

    March 26, 2010

    In 1962, Rachel Carson galvanized a global environmental movement with her book Silent Spring. Before she wrote about the unexpected consequences of pesticides — including bioaccumulation of toxic molecules up... More »

  • Photo: Budget time offers a glimpse into the future - but how far?

    Budget time offers a glimpse into the future — but how far?

    March 12, 2010

    This budget continues to pin our hopes, our future, and our economy on rapidly dwindling and highly polluting resources while much of the rest of the world creates jobs and new opportunities with green energy. More »

  • Photo: Where the wild things are -- but for how long?

    Where the wild things are — but for how long?

    March 2, 2010

    The extent to which trophy hunters are killing grizzlies in B.C was not fully known until now. The David Suzuki Foundation recently acquired and analyzed thousands of kill records collected by the government. We found that close to 10,000 grizzlies have been legally hunted in B.C. since the government first began tracking kills in the late 1970s. More »

  • Photo: Caring for ourselves goes hand in hand with caring for the planet

    Caring for ourselves goes hand in hand with caring for the planet

    February 26, 2010

    The more we learn about the microbial communities in our own bodies, the more we see that a balance must be maintained, for our own sake and for the sake of our human communities. More »

  • Photo: Nature imposes the real bottom line

    Nature imposes the real bottom line

    February 19, 2010

    The economy is a human construct, not a force of nature like entropy, gravity, or the speed of light or our biological makeup. It makes no sense to elevate the economy above the things that keep us alive. More »

  • Photo: Going for the Olympic green medal

    Going for the Olympic green medal

    February 12, 2010

    What many people may not realize is that, along with sports, the Olympic movement has two other official "pillars": culture and the environment. People in Vancouver have seen evidence of the cultural pillar, with an amazing line-up of music, theatre, and other cultural events for the Cultural Olympiad. More »

  • 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 »