Science Matters archives

  • 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 »

  • Photo: Birds do better when neighbours cooperate

    Birds do better when neighbours cooperate

    November 2, 2007

    With so many bad news stories about the environment in the media, it's nice to hear about good news for a change — especially when it relates to international cooperation.... More »

  • Photo: New species gets funny name

    New species gets funny name

    October 26, 2007

    I've been called pond scum before, but never before has it been quite so accurate. Researchers have discovered a new species of fly in the wet tropical rainforests of Costa... More »

  • Photo: Human hormones mess with male fish

    Human hormones mess with male fish

    October 19, 2007

    Most people alive today were born after 1950. To these people, our modern world is just the way things have always been. Imagining life without TV, radio, telephones and the... More »

  • Photo: How much is a tomato worth?

    How much is a tomato worth?

    October 12, 2007

    Recently a column appeared in my local Vancouver Sun newspaper about the trend of eating locally grown food. The author began by describing some municipal initiatives to encourage growing local... More »