Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Canadians aren't afraid of change

    Canadians aren't afraid of change

    January 19, 2007

    Right now, the environment is hot. Literally and figuratively. Much of North America has hardly had a winter this year, and the media and politicians have finally caught on to... More »

  • Photo: Has Prime Minister Harper gone green?

    Has Prime Minister Harper gone green?

    January 12, 2007

    Well, it took Stephen Harper a while, but he finally put Rona Ambrose out of her misery, shuffling her out of the limelight of the environment ministry and replacing her... More »

  • Photo: Do you have an SUV in your living room?

    Do you have an SUV in your living room?

    December 22, 2006

    Excesses often mark the holidays — too much food, too much drink and too much stuff. But it's also a good time to think about what all that stuff might... More »

  • Photo: Real environmental progress requires big change in government

    Real environmental progress requires big change in government

    December 15, 2006

    Stephane Dion may have passed the first test in his quest to rebuild the shattered Liberal party, but earning the hearts and minds of Canadians will require more than a... More »

  • Photo: Extreme weather extremely costly

    Extreme weather extremely costly

    December 8, 2006

    Global warming may have been the last thing on the minds of Vancouverites as they dug out from a record November snowfall and cold snap. But it's another reminder of... More »

  • Photo: A license to kill

    A license to kill

    December 1, 2006

    How do you protect an endangered species? Well, if you're the government of British Columbia, the answer is simple — you kill stuff. That may sound crude, but so is... More »

  • Photo: Take my research, please

    Take my research, please

    November 29, 2006

    Recently, news blogs and newspapers reported that some politicians had cribbed research conducted by my foundation and used the information to build their own environmental agendas. This news sent many... More »

  • Photo: News game not always compatible with science

    News game not always compatible with science

    November 24, 2006

    "All seafood could disappear by 2050, new report," was the headline. But the psychological effect may as well have been: "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here." Versions of the... More »

  • Photo: Big game can help protect ecosystems from global warming

    Big game can help protect ecosystems from global warming

    November 22, 2006

    Polar bears aren't exactly living large these days. Not only is their habitat shrinking due to global warming, but so are their genitals — thanks to industrial pollutants. A paper... More »

  • Photo: Crocodile Hunter more than just a showman

    Crocodile Hunter more than just a showman

    November 15, 2006

    Scientists sometimes call them "charismatic megafauna," but most people would just say they're cute and fuzzy. Certain animals like bears, tigers and the great apes have become poster children for... More »