Science Matters archives

  • Photo: The trouble with tar sands

    The trouble with tar sands

    December 12, 2008

    If you want to be scared, you don't need to watch a horror movie or read the latest Stephen King bestseller. Real terror can be found by simply firing up... More »

  • Photo: If I had four trillion dollars

    If I had four trillion dollars

    December 5, 2008

    Many of you are working to recycle, reduce energy consumption, and improve the world for your families and neighbours. The collective impact of these many small efforts is making a... More »

  • 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 »