Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Testing your home for radon could be a lifesaver

    Testing your home for radon could be a lifesaver

    February 5, 2015

    You can't see, smell or taste it, so it's easy to ignore. But radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, responsible for 16 per cent of lung cancer deaths in Canada. More »

  • Photo: Canada is trading away its environmental rights

    Canada is trading away its environmental rights

    January 29, 2015

    It's time for Canada to recognize that a diversified economy and citizens' right to live in a healthy environment are more important than facilitating short-term profits for foreign and multinational corporations. More »

  • Photo: Oil prices drop as global warming rises

    Oil prices drop as global warming rises

    January 22, 2015

    With oil prices plunging from more than $100 a barrel last summer to below $50 now, the consequences of a petro-fuelled economy are hitting home — especially in Alberta, where... More »

  • Photo: Digging out of Canada's mining dilemma

    Digging out of Canada's mining dilemma

    January 15, 2015

    It sometimes seems people in the mining and fossil fuel industries — along with their government promoters — don't believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush... More »

  • Photo: Energy shift requires shift in conversation

    Energy shift requires shift in conversation

    January 8, 2015

    If our leaders are serious about long-term health and prosperity, they need to stop focusing on short-term profits from rapid fossil fuel development and export and start engaging in serious conversations about our energy future. More »

  • Looking back on the Blue Dot Tour and ahead to the New Year

    December 18, 2014

    I recently travelled across Canada with David Suzuki Foundation staff, from St. John's to Victoria and up to Yellowknife, joined by friends and allies along the way. Besides our Blue... More »

  • Photo: Wind offers a healthy way to generate power

    Wind offers a healthy way to generate power

    December 11, 2014

    There's no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. More »

  • Homegrown ingenuity brings nature to the city

    December 4, 2014

    Here's to the many local organizers, innovators and park rangers who are making our cities greener. Please keep bringing nature home, one fun, green intervention at a time! More »

  • Photo: Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

    Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

    November 27, 2014

    Canada may be a wealthy, developed country, but the fact that such deplorable conditions persist in places like Shoal Lake, and in hundreds of other First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada, is a national shame and must be resolved immediately. More »

  • Photo: We can all be 21st-century scientists

    We can all be 21st-century scientists

    November 20, 2014

    Citizen science is a way to encourage us all to get outside, hone our senses, and undertake meaningful activity to monitor and maintain our environment, improve scientific literacy and, best of all, be happier and healthier. More »