Science Matters archives

  • Photo: Take my research, please

    Take my research, please

    November 29, 2006

    Recently, news blogs and newspapers reported that some politicians had cribbed research conducted by my foundation and used the information to build their own environmental agendas. This news sent many... More »

  • Photo: News game not always compatible with science

    News game not always compatible with science

    November 24, 2006

    "All seafood could disappear by 2050, new report," was the headline. But the psychological effect may as well have been: "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here." Versions of the... More »

  • Photo: Big game can help protect ecosystems from global warming

    Big game can help protect ecosystems from global warming

    November 22, 2006

    Polar bears aren't exactly living large these days. Not only is their habitat shrinking due to global warming, but so are their genitals — thanks to industrial pollutants. A paper... More »

  • Photo: Crocodile Hunter more than just a showman

    Crocodile Hunter more than just a showman

    November 15, 2006

    Scientists sometimes call them "charismatic megafauna," but most people would just say they're cute and fuzzy. Certain animals like bears, tigers and the great apes have become poster children for... More »

  • Photo: Stern warning changes the climate debate

    Stern warning changes the climate debate

    November 10, 2006

    Sir Nicolas Stern's recent report on the economics of global warming has finally changed the nature of the debate. Instead of being pigeonholed as an environmental problem, global warming can... More »

  • Photo: Saving Roy's lake

    Saving Roy's lake

    November 8, 2006

    Just how important is nature to Canadians? For some, our land defines who we are as a culture. For others, it provides a place of escape and renewal from the... More »

  • Photo: Maybe the prime minister should get out more

    Maybe the prime minister should get out more

    November 3, 2006

    I'm no economist, but I read the papers. After the federal government recently unleashed the dog that is the Clean Air Act, I have to ask — does the prime... More »

  • Photo: Clean Air Act fails Canadians

    Clean Air Act fails Canadians

    October 27, 2006

    Call me a naive optimist, but I really hoped the federal government's vaunted Clean Air Act might actually do what the name implies — clean the air. Boy, was I... More »

  • Photo: Going into debt a risky proposition

    Going into debt a risky proposition

    October 20, 2006

    Most of us are all too aware of what it's like to live in financial debt, but what about ecological debt? On October 9th, according to the Global Footprint Network,... More »

  • Photo: Ocean life makes waves

    Ocean life makes waves

    October 13, 2006

    Most people have heard of the "butterfly effect" — the idea that a small change, such as a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world, can set... More »