Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Wildlife win in court, lose on the ground

    Wildlife win in court, lose on the ground

    March 6, 2014

    Endangered species caught in long delays are like emergency patients denied life support. If we really care about them, we need to do a better job of supporting them. More »

  • Photo: Measuring progress with GDP is a gross mistake

    Measuring progress with GDP is a gross mistake

    February 27, 2014

    We deserve better indicators of societal well-being that extend beyond mere economic growth. Whatever we come up with, it has to be better than GDP with its absurd emphasis on endless growth on a finite planet. More »

  • Photo: Trading water for fuel is fracking crazy

    Trading water for fuel is fracking crazy

    February 20, 2014

    It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we're trading precious water for fossil fuels. More »

  • Photo: Will thorium save us from climate change?

    Will thorium save us from climate change?

    February 13, 2014

    All nuclear power remains expensive, unwieldy and difficult to integrate with intermittent renewables — and carries risks for weapons proliferation. But if the choice is between keeping nuclear power facilities running or shutting them down and replacing them with coal-fired power plants, the nuclear option is best for the climate. More »

  • Photo: Pete Seeger:

    Pete Seeger: "From way up here the Earth looks very small"

    February 6, 2014

    Pete Seeger was a great communicator for whom principles mattered more than anything else. He was a true American and world citizen and we're better off for the contributions he made during his long life. More »

  • Photo: Citizen scientists can fill info gaps about Fukushima effects

    Citizen scientists can fill info gaps about Fukushima effects

    January 30, 2014

    The Fukushima disaster was a wake-up call for the potential dangers of nuclear power plants, especially in unstable areas. North Americans may have little cause for concern for now, but without good scientific information to determine whether or not it is affecting our food and environment we can't know for sure. More »

  • Photo: Rail versus pipeline is the wrong question

    Rail versus pipeline is the wrong question

    January 23, 2014

    The question isn't about whether to use rail or pipelines. It's about how to reduce our need for both. More »

  • Photo: Film underscores need to address climate change

    Film underscores need to address climate change

    January 16, 2014

    We must also shift to renewable energy sources in direct proportion to the phase-out of fossil fuels. And we must put a stop to deforestation. Let's seize the challenge and start the transition now. More »

  • Photo: Out of darkness, the light

    Out of darkness, the light

    January 9, 2014

    Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. More »

  • Photo: Let's celebrate the gifts of winter

    Let's celebrate the gifts of winter

    December 19, 2013

    We should celebrate snow and ice. The cryosphere is an important piece of the intricate, interconnected puzzle that keeps us alive. So, build a snowperson, play some hockey, get out on the slopes and enjoy the gifts that winter brings. More »