Science Matters archives

  • 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 »

  • Photo: Attacks on climate change science hinder solutions

    Attacks on climate change science hinder solutions

    September 26, 2013

    Resolving the problem of climate change will cost, but it will be much more expensive to follow the defeatist advice of industry shills, whose greed and lack of care for humanity will condemn our children and grandchildren to an uncertain future. More »

  • Photo: Tahltan's Sacred Headwaters defence has deep roots

    Tahltan's Sacred Headwaters defence has deep roots

    September 19, 2013

    From Arctic tundra to primeval rainforest to arid desert, our natural world is being fragmented by ever-expanding towns and cities, roads, transmission lines and pipelines, and pockmarked by mines, pump jacks, flare stacks and other infrastructure used to drill, frack and strip-mine fossil fuels. More »

  • Photo: Incinerating trash is a waste of resources

    Incinerating trash is a waste of resources

    September 12, 2013

    Many urban areas have built or are considering building waste-incineration facilities to generate energy. At first glance, it seems like a win-win. You get rid of "garbage" and acquire a new energy source with fuel that's almost free. But it's a problematic solution, and a complicated issue. More »

  • Photo: Conspiracies fuel climate change denial and belief in chemtrails

    Conspiracies fuel climate change denial and belief in chemtrails

    September 5, 2013

    The science is clear: human-caused climate change is the most pressing threat to humanity, and we must work to resolve it. We don't have time for debunked conspiracy theories. More »

  • Photo: Beaver Lake Cree case reveals flaws in environmental review process

    Beaver Lake Cree case reveals flaws in environmental review process

    August 29, 2013

    The Beaver Lake Cree Nation court case makes us look at the impact of development in a cumulative, holistic way. As BCLN lawyer Jack Woodward said, the case "is based on protection of the entire ecosystem." If we don't take that perspective, our hacking away with small cuts will destroy the underpinnings of the whole system. More »