Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Public interest in global warming still high

    Public interest in global warming still high

    August 9, 2007

    Six months ago, a friend told me that public opinion and media fascination with global warming would be over in six months at most because the public is fickle and... More »

  • Photo: Reconnecting with food in the summer

    Reconnecting with food in the summer

    July 27, 2007

    Every summer, if I'm lucky, I get to spend some time with my family at our cabin on an island off Canada's West Coast. It's a place we go to... More »

  • Photo: Time to put a price on pollution

    Time to put a price on pollution

    July 6, 2007

    Mention the concept of a new tax to politicians and most will run screaming out of the room to go vacuum their cars or mow their lawns — anything to... More »

  • Photo: Human genome continues to surprise

    Human genome continues to surprise

    June 29, 2007

    Imagine discovering that the person running your favourite Fortune 500 company was not the CEO, as everyone presumed, but rather the bicycle-courier guy in spandex shorts and a goatee who... More »

  • Photo: Keep light bulb hazards in perspective

    Keep light bulb hazards in perspective

    June 22, 2007

    Whenever a new product comes to market, inevitably it will have flaws that can drive some people to distraction, so much so that they may be unable to see the... More »

  • Photo: Keeping an eye on transgenic crops

    Keeping an eye on transgenic crops

    June 15, 2007

    Did you know that genetically modified, or "transgenic" crops are now commonplace on North American farms? According to a recent survey in the United States, the majority of Americans have... More »

  • Photo: Still waiting for conservation after all these years

    Still waiting for conservation after all these years

    June 8, 2007

    Climate change and the Kyoto Protocol are all over the news these days. But the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that launched the United Nations Framework Convention on... More »

  • Photo: Powerwise campaign gets things started

    Powerwise campaign gets things started

    June 1, 2007

    One of the most interesting things I learned while crossing Canada earlier this year is that Canadians are excited about embracing change. People are sick of just hearing about problems... More »

  • Photo: Climate change myths debunked

    Climate change myths debunked

    May 25, 2007

    In spite of explosive news coverage about global warming over the past year, most people still have only a very rudimentary knowledge of this complex issue. Unfortunately, this lack of... More »

  • Photo: Forest protection vital to stem global warming

    Forest protection vital to stem global warming

    May 18, 2007

    One of the hot topics at the international climate meetings in Bonn, Germany, this week is whether or not forest-rich tropical countries should get credit for protecting their forests as... More »