Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Fill 'er up with switchgrass

    Fill 'er up with switchgrass

    February 8, 2008

    Not long ago, the question at the pump was always, "regular or unleaded?" Today, leaded gasoline isn't even an option in most developed countries. And with the need to drastically... More »

  • Photo: Where do our leaders stand on science?

    Where do our leaders stand on science?

    February 1, 2008

    From all the election hoopla in the United States, Canadians would be forgiven for thinking that our American friends were about to head to the polls tomorrow, not in November.... More »

  • Photo: Big herbivores keep ants and trees together

    Big herbivores keep ants and trees together

    January 25, 2008

    If you thought your relationships were complicated, try being an acacia tree; or an ant, or a large herbivore. Nature, it turns out, is full of complicated relationships. And we... More »

  • Photo: Green is in. Let's keep it there.

    Green is in. Let's keep it there.

    January 18, 2008

    Welcome to 2008. If you had told me at the beginning of last year that 2007 would be the breakout year for the environment, I probably wouldn't have believed you.... More »

  • Photo: Getting to know our planet

    Getting to know our planet

    December 14, 2007

    We know that our planet is heating up. And we know that international climate negotiations like the ones that are winding down in Bali this week are critical steps towards... More »

  • Photo: Pot Kettle Black

    Pot Kettle Black

    December 6, 2007

    Do you remember the old axiom "think globally, act locally"? These words are truer today than ever before, especially when applied to Canada's battle against climate change. To see real... More »

  • Photo: Finally, something not caused by global warming

    Finally, something not caused by global warming

    November 30, 2007

    Global warming is becoming the Paris Hilton of environmental stories. Every time you pick up a paper or turn on the television, if there's a story remotely related to the... More »

  • Photo: Talking about the unthinkable

    Talking about the unthinkable

    November 23, 2007

    If actually cutting greenhouse gas emissions isn't going very well (largely due to incessant foot dragging by politicians), how about coming up with some new technology or chemical to put... More »

  • Photo: Global trade brings unwanted visitors

    Global trade brings unwanted visitors

    November 16, 2007

    We've probably all heard the urban legend about the unsuspecting shopper who takes home a bunch of bananas from the supermarket, only to have a tarantula later crawl out and... More »

  • Photo: Leaders need a serious reality check

    Leaders need a serious reality check

    November 9, 2007

    Ever read the newspaper and get the eerie feeling that you've entered the Twilight Zone? I've been getting that feeling a lot recently. Here's the source of my current frustration:... More »