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Anthropogenic warming: Climate closure

posted 2014-11-07 by Shaun Lovejoy [Comments: 0]

Introduction Science and knowledge advance by the systematic opposition of ideas, of models, of paradigms, by confronting theories with real world data: it is replete with controversies. While most of these are only of specialist interest, occasionally they threaten dominant views of the world and of our place in it.... Read more »

Hard to Ignore: An exploration of the issues on palm oil agrofuel through a political economy and public health framework

posted 2014-08-06 by Science for Peace [Comments: 1]

By Hedva Chiu Introduction The advent of agrofuel Globalization has liberalized trade, thus increasing transport of goods and services, which calls for a greater demand for energy (Houtart, 2010). While agrofuels have been a topic of discussion since the launch of the transportation industry, the discovery of huge deposits of fossil fuels... Read more »

Nuclear weapons ban on the horizon

posted 2014-02-26 by Cesar Jaramillo [Comments: 1]

A development of historic dimensions is beginning to energize the otherwise lethargic nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime. Nearly seven decades after nuclear bombs obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an international process to achieve a legal ban on nuclear weapons is starting to take shape. Click here for the full article: http://www.scienceforpeace.ca/file_download/234/Briefing-14.1.pdf

One Woman’s Brief Annual Report on the State of the World

posted 2013-12-27 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

This is the season for sending greeting cards and emails about one’s foreign journeys and new pets. I am well and did travel a bit in 2013 but I have no pets so I will write about my opinions instead. I have plenty of those. I’d love for you to... Read more »

Putting an end to militarism

posted 2013-09-16 by IPB [Comments: 1]

Statement from the Triennial Conference of the International Peace Bureau September 13-15 2013 Stockholm , Sweden “The World is Over-armed and Peace is Under-funded” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General There was a new hope expressed at the IPB Triennial Conference, welcoming the agreement between Russia and the USA on chemical weapons in Syria.... Read more »

Metta's Reply to Derek Paul, Others Wanting to Stop Growth

posted 2013-07-20 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 3]

By capitalism I mean what all economists have always meant, including Marx: the exchange of goods and services such that the prices are determined by a market—supply and demand. The only significant alternatives to capitalism are (a) primitive autarky (subsistence without exchange, possibly augmented by a “gift” economy in... Read more »

Federal Government Boasts Big on Science, Offers Little Proof

posted 2013-04-09 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

By Scott Findlay, National Post | 13/04/08 | Last Updated: 13/04/05 6:31 PM ET In a recent interview on CBC’s The National, Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear remarked that “no government in the history of this country has supported science as much as this government has.” As... Read more »

Oslo, Ottawa, and the need for a nuke-free world

posted 2013-03-14 by Cesar Jaramillo [Comments: 1]

Originally published in the March 13 issue of Embassy The endgame to nuclear disarmament is remarkably straightforward: a global legal ban on the development, possession, testing, and use of nuclear weapons by any actor. Call it a multilateral treaty or a Nuclear Weapons Convention—there is no clearer path to rid the... Read more »

Climate Justice course at the University of Toronto

posted 2013-01-11 by Science for Peace [Comments: 0]

The Health Studies program is offering a new course during the Winter 2013 term. UNI409H1 S – Special Topics on Health Research The specific content of this course will vary from one year to another, depending on the availability of particular health researchers and scholars. In a given year, the course may... Read more »

Walter Zessner RIP

posted 2012-12-23 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

A longtime Science for Peace member and gentle man, Walter Zessner died in Toronto on December 13. Born in Germany, Walter immigrated to Toronto as a young man and served as an electrical engineer for many years at the CBC and George Brown College. He was particularly active in... Read more »

You and Science for Peace in 2013

posted 2012-12-23 by Metta Spencer [Comments: 0]

With a new year approaching, it’s time to reflect on what we should try to do next. If you’re not a member but want to know more about SFP, read on! TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF SCIENCE FOR PEACE MEMBERS Science for Peace has a fair number of useful projects going... Read more »

Shirley Farlinger

posted 2012-12-19 by Science for Peace [Comments: 0]

Shirley Farlinger, who died on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at age 82, was a beautiful human being, an intelligent, open-minded and independent woman and an inspiring and loving wife, mother and grandmother who was determined to leave this world a better place. Her father was a stretcher-bearer in the First... Read more »

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