Science Matters archives

  • 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 »

  • Photo: Will saving a forest save us money?

    Will saving a forest save us money?

    September 19, 2008

    How much is a forest worth? And how do we calculate that value? Do we simply count the trees and figure out how much we could get for them if... More »

  • Photo: The temperature's rising - with election fever

    The temperature's rising — with election fever

    September 12, 2008

    With all the elections coming this fall and winter, global warming is bound to spike up with the increased hot air! South of the border they're electing a president, here... More »

  • Photo: Lessons my father taught me are worth sharing

    Lessons my father taught me are worth sharing

    September 5, 2008

    Now that I'm in my 70s, I look back at the world of my childhood, with its shared phone lines, ice boxes, radio soap operas, and no television, and it... More »

  • Photo: Our perceptual filters shape the world

    Our perceptual filters shape the world

    August 27, 2008

    If presented with the autopsied brains of a diverse array of people, no expert would be able to distinguish from the brains' anatomy or neurocircuitry the gender, religion, or socio-economic... More »

  • Photo: New science looks at big picture for the future

    New science looks at big picture for the future

    August 19, 2008

    If we want to protect an endangered animal such as the woodland caribou, we have to do more than just study the animal in isolation. We must understand how it... More »