Science Matters archives

  • Photo: We ignore scientists at our peril

    We ignore scientists at our peril

    June 20, 2013

    It's happening again. Research confirms agreement among most climate scientists that we are altering the Earth's climate, mainly by burning fossil fuels. And industrial interests, backed by climate change deniers, pull out every trick to sow doubt and confusion. What will it take for us to start seriously tackling the problem? More »

  • Photo: National Research Council's new focus ignores how science works

    National Research Council's new focus ignores how science works

    June 13, 2013

    If we're serious about creating partnerships between science and business, we have to support the best scientists so they are competitive with any around the world. We also have to recognize that innovation and discoveries don't always come from market-driven research. More »

  • Photo: Great public transit makes for a great city

    Great public transit makes for a great city

    June 6, 2013

    Most cities in Canada and the U.S. are lacking in infrastructure to move millions of people safely and affordably. With some notable exceptions, such as Vancouver and Calgary, no successful rapid transit infrastructure projects have been built in Canadian cities for decades. More »

  • Photo: B.C.'s gas plan is a short-sighted pipe dream

    B.C.'s gas plan is a short-sighted pipe dream

    May 30, 2013

    B.C. appears to be pinning its economic hopes on natural gas — much of it obtained by fracking. While the world should be turning from fossil fuels to cleaner energy and conservation, we're poised to dig ourselves deeper into the climate-altering carbon hole. More »

  • Photo: Ontario's wildlife needs continued protection

    Ontario's wildlife needs continued protection

    May 23, 2013

    Despite the evidence that endangered species laws are effective, governments in Canada are proceeding with deregulation and abdicating their responsibilities for wildlife habitat protection, often quietly. More »

  • Photo: Bean leaves, bedbugs and biomimicry

    Bean leaves, bedbugs and biomimicry

    May 16, 2013

    Scientists often come up with new discoveries, technologies or theories. But sometimes they rediscover what our ancestors already knew. A couple of recent findings show we have a lot to learn from our forebears — and nature — about bugs. More »

  • Photo: Tiny Bhutan redefines

    Tiny Bhutan redefines "progress"

    May 9, 2013

    The people of Bhutan see that money and hyper-consumption aren't what contribute to happiness and well-being. More »

  • Photo: Canada is ready for a transformative energy experience

    Canada is ready for a transformative energy experience

    May 2, 2013

    Finding smarter ways to power our societies is something we can and must do. More »

  • Photo: Stressed at work? Add a daily dose of green

    Stressed at work? Add a daily dose of green

    April 25, 2013

    Does regular time in nature make you calmer? More alert? Happier? Let's all get into the nature habit. It can make our lives better. More »

  • Photo: Wind power opponents may be blowing hot air

    Wind power opponents may be blowing hot air

    April 18, 2013

    When it comes to wind power, we have to be careful to ensure that impacts on the environment and on animals such as birds and bats are minimized, and we should continue to study possible effects on health. But we must also be wary of false arguments against it. More »