Science Matters archives

  • Photo: What's the value of something we can't live without?

    What's the value of something we can't live without?

    July 25, 2013

    Who needs nature? We do. Without nature, we would not be here. How do we put an economic value on that? More »

  • Photo: Rail, pipeline and climate disasters are symptoms of fossil fuel addiction

    Rail, pipeline and climate disasters are symptoms of fossil fuel addiction

    July 18, 2013

    We're not going to stop using oil overnight, and we will continue to transport it, so we must improve standards and regulations for pipelines, rail, trucks and tankers. But in the long run, we have to find ways to slow down. More »

  • Photo: State of the world's birds is bleak but not hopeless

    State of the world's birds is bleak but not hopeless

    July 11, 2013

    Plummeting bird populations reflect the state of the global environment — but it's not too late to do something. More »

  • Photo: Working with nature can protect us from floods

    Working with nature can protect us from floods

    July 4, 2013

    As people begin to pick up their lives, and talk turns to what Calgary and other communities can do to rebuild, safeguarding our irreplaceable, most precious flood-protection assets should be given top priority. More »

  • Photo: Cycling is smart but some cyclists need to get smarter

    Cycling is smart but some cyclists need to get smarter

    June 27, 2013

    The personal and societal benefits of getting out of your car and onto a bike are well-known: better mental and physical fitness and reduced health-care costs, less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, often speedier commutes and significant cost savings, to name a few. More »

  • 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 »