Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Natural infrastructure is good for the climate and communities

    Natural infrastructure is good for the climate and communities

    November 18, 2015

    If we're going to build, let's build green. Green infrastructure complements and reduces costs associated with traditional grey concrete, steel and asphalt infrastructure. It also provides a multitude of co-benefits that improve the health and well-being of residents and makes our communities more beautiful and pleasant. More »

  • Photo: New government faces climate challenges and opportunities

    New government faces climate challenges and opportunities

    November 11, 2015

    Our new government appears to be taking climate change seriously. With the UN climate talks starting in Paris on November 30, Canada can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gases at home and helping others around the world do likewise. U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline reinforces the fact that we can't continue burning fossil fuels at current rates. More »

  • Photo: The many marvels of the mysterious mushroom

    The many marvels of the mysterious mushroom

    November 5, 2015

    We humans have made a lot of technological and scientific advances, and this sometimes gives us the sense that we're above or outside of nature, that we can do things better. Sometimes it takes a fascinating lifeform like a mushroom to shake us from our hubris and show us how much we have yet to learn about the world and our place in it. More »

  • Photo: Sustainable development goals offer a path to prosperity

    Sustainable development goals offer a path to prosperity

    October 29, 2015

    On its 70th anniversary, the UN has established new objectives called "Sustainable Development Goals". Building on the previous strategy, these include 17 goals and 169 specific targets. Developed through years of consultation among people from around the world, including social and environmental science and policy experts, the program aims to secure global peace and prosperity. More »

  • Photo: Democracy isn't just about politics; it's about all of us

    Democracy isn't just about politics; it's about all of us

    October 22, 2015

    I've lived through many elections, but I don't recall many in which emotions ran so high. In the heat of such a campaign, things get said, disagreements arise and tensions... More »

  • Photo: Let's vote for the values that make Canada great

    Let's vote for the values that make Canada great

    October 15, 2015

    When my grandparents arrived from Japan in the early 1900s, Canada was far less tolerant than it is today. Women and minorities couldn't vote, nor could Indigenous people who had... More »

  • Photo: Lick the plate: The ecological and economic costs of food waste

    Lick the plate: The ecological and economic costs of food waste

    October 8, 2015

    Food waste is a crime against the planet and the life it supports. Reducing it not only addresses food insecurity, it benefits everyone. This Thanksgiving dinner, whether you're vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, locavore or pescetarian, plan for a zero-food-waste meal. Show thanks for ecosystems, growers and harvesters by buying only what you will eat and eating all that you buy. More »

  • Photo: Volkswagen scandal is a sorry sign of the times

    Volkswagen scandal is a sorry sign of the times

    October 1, 2015

    It's time to rethink the way we move ourselves around. More »

  • Photo: It's time to talk about a new vision for the economy

    It's time to talk about a new vision for the economy

    September 24, 2015

    The climate crisis is creating a global consciousness shift, with hundreds of thousands marching to demand change, and Pope Francis's Encyclical warning that economic growth and technology can't continue to trump all other concerns. More »

  • Photo: Will Generation Z give us superheroes for the planet?

    Will Generation Z give us superheroes for the planet?

    September 17, 2015

    By helping young people get outdoors, care about others and make a difference, we won't just be raising healthier and happier children, we'll be raising a generation of superheroes for our planet. More »