Science Matters archives

  • 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 »

  • 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 »