Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Rail versus pipeline is the wrong question

    Rail versus pipeline is the wrong question

    January 23, 2014

    The question isn't about whether to use rail or pipelines. It's about how to reduce our need for both. More »

  • Photo: Film underscores need to address climate change

    Film underscores need to address climate change

    January 16, 2014

    We must also shift to renewable energy sources in direct proportion to the phase-out of fossil fuels. And we must put a stop to deforestation. Let's seize the challenge and start the transition now. More »

  • Photo: Out of darkness, the light

    Out of darkness, the light

    January 9, 2014

    Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. More »

  • Photo: Let's celebrate the gifts of winter

    Let's celebrate the gifts of winter

    December 19, 2013

    We should celebrate snow and ice. The cryosphere is an important piece of the intricate, interconnected puzzle that keeps us alive. So, build a snowperson, play some hockey, get out on the slopes and enjoy the gifts that winter brings. More »

  • Photo: Let's raise the bar for 2014

    Let's raise the bar for 2014

    December 12, 2013

    There's still time to turn around, but we need everyone to raise the bar on discussion and action — in politics, the media and our own lives. Let's make the coming year a better one. More »

  • 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 »