Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Leadership will be crucial in the coming years

    Leadership will be crucial in the coming years

    November 27, 2008

    It's an understatement to say that we are living in interesting times. The world seems to be undergoing a profound shift. On one hand, the looming environmental and economic crises... More »

  • Photo: The behemoth that wouldn't stop growing

    The behemoth that wouldn't stop growing

    November 21, 2008

    Have you noticed that we describe the market and economy as if they were living entities? The market is showing signs of stress. The economy is healthy. The economy is... More »

  • Photo: British Columbia has an identity crisis

    British Columbia has an identity crisis

    November 14, 2008

    If you live in or have visited British Columbia recently, you'll have noticed a campaign to sell the province as "The Best Place on Earth". The government has spent tens... More »

  • Photo: The answer is blowin' in the wind!

    The answer is blowin' in the wind!

    November 7, 2008

    Energy underpins everything we do. Human societies have become increasingly complex, requiring ever larger-scale sources of continuous energy. Now, energy fuels not only our activities but our economies as well.... More »

  • Photo: Lubicon struggle shines light on regulatory failures in Canada's oil and gas industry

    Lubicon struggle shines light on regulatory failures in Canada's oil and gas industry

    October 31, 2008

    Consensus is growing that the failure of governments to effectively regulate the banking sector is largely responsible for the huge economic mess we're now facing. Throughout the past few decades,... More »

  • Photo: Let's speak up for the country we want

    Let's speak up for the country we want

    October 24, 2008

    We've just had our federal election and, if nothing else, the environment did become an issue. Unfortunately, global warming and other environmental issues were overshadowed by an economic crisis and,... More »

  • Photo: When mammals are threatened, we are threatened

    When mammals are threatened, we are threatened

    October 17, 2008

    We humans sometimes forget that we are animals. We're mammals, and like all mammals, and indeed all animals, we are connected to and dependent on the web of life. When... More »

  • Photo: The kids are all right

    The kids are all right

    October 10, 2008

    The 21st century is an exciting time for young people. Technology like email and social networking websites makes connecting with people easier than before, and Google puts a virtual library... More »

  • Photo: Putting humans in their place

    Putting humans in their place

    October 3, 2008

    Andrew Weaver's recently published book, Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World, is an urgent call to action that some of the folks running for the privilege of leading... More »

  • Photo: We must elect leaders who care about the planet

    We must elect leaders who care about the planet

    September 26, 2008

    Leaders of nations worldwide know we are near more than one environmental tipping point. So they've met to hammer out agreements in crucial areas such as biodiversity loss and global... More »