Science Matters archives

  • Photo: We can make Canada's reality match its image

    We can make Canada's reality match its image

    December 5, 2013

    Our Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives us freedom of expression, equal protection from discrimination and the right to life, liberty and security of the person. But it doesn't mention the environment. How can we fully enjoy our freedoms without the right to live in a healthy environment? More »

  • Photo: Greenpeace arrests show attempts to silence environmentalists continue

    Greenpeace arrests show attempts to silence environmentalists continue

    November 28, 2013

    As the recent incarceration of 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists by Russian authorities clearly demonstrates, human rights are vulnerable at a time when governments aggressively promote the interests of corporations over a healthy environment. More »

  • Photo: Energy choices risk climate chaos for Atlantic Canada

    Energy choices risk climate chaos for Atlantic Canada

    November 21, 2013

    When it comes to climate change, our future will not be determined by chance but by choice. We can choose to ignore the science, or we can change our ways and reduce carbon emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels. More »

  • Photo: Philippines tragedy shows urgency of Warsaw climate summit

    Philippines tragedy shows urgency of Warsaw climate summit

    November 13, 2013

    We're exhausting Earth's finite resources and pushing global ecosystems to tipping points, beyond which addressing pollution and climate issues will become increasingly difficult and costly. The only hindrance to developing a fair, ambitious and legally binding climate plan for the world is lack of political will. More »

  • Photo: Getting dirty may be healthy

    Getting dirty may be healthy

    November 7, 2013

    We need to support conservation of natural areas and the diverse forms of life they contain, plant a variety of species in our yards, avoid antibacterial cleaning products and go outside in nature and get dirty — especially kids. Our lives and immune systems will be richer for it. More »

  • Photo: Critical issues deserve a higher standard

    Critical issues deserve a higher standard

    October 31, 2013

    The environment is the very air, water, land and diversity of plant and animal life we cannot live without. Why not work to build a healthy, prosperous economy that protects those things? More »

  • Photo: One year after Cohen report, salmon still face an upstream battle

    One year after Cohen report, salmon still face an upstream battle

    October 24, 2013

    The record decline in sockeye returning to the Fraser River in 2009 provided the initial push for a federal judicial inquiry. Now, four years later, the offspring of those salmon are returning to spawning grounds in dismally low numbers — so low that sockeye salmon fishery closures are widespread. More »

  • Photo: Help solve an orange-and-black mystery

    Help solve an orange-and-black mystery

    October 17, 2013

    What weighs less than a paperclip, tastes terrible and can travel thousands of kilometres without a map? Hint: this delicate critter is tawny-orange with black veins and white spots and has been mysteriously absent from Canada this summer. More »

  • Photo: Despite Fukushima, scientists say eating West Coast fish is safe

    Despite Fukushima, scientists say eating West Coast fish is safe

    October 10, 2013

    Any amount of leaked radiation is harmful to the planet and the health of all species, including humans. But that doesn't mean it's unsafe to eat all fish caught on the Pacific West Coast. Take a precautionary approach: eat fish caught locally and sustainably. More »

  • Photo: IPCC report shows action on climate change is critical

    IPCC report shows action on climate change is critical

    October 3, 2013

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released the first of four chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report. It shows scientists are more certain now than in 2007 when the Fourth Assessment was released that humans are largely responsible for global warming — mainly by burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests — and that it's getting worse and poses a serious threat to humanity. More »