What you believe influences what you see

Polls in Canada and the U.S. show that climate change skeptics are often conservatives. But why?

Today in The Conversation Canada, University of British Columbia researchers offer a possible explanation: “conservatives may focus selectively on climate data that confirm their beliefs, leading to inaction on mitigating climate change.”

This article is part of the Covering Climate Now series, a concerted effort among news organizations to put the climate crisis at the forefront of our coverage

Also in today’s edition:

- Astrophysicist Toby Brown (McMaster University) discusses a Canadian-led investigation into how galaxies are killed by their environment

- Political scientist Blayne Haggart (Brock University) says Canada’s federal party leaders should face tough questions about the smart city proposed for Toronto’s waterfront

- Marketing professor Ela Veresiu (York University) writes that ethnic brands, products and services can inadvertently turn minorities’ cultures into fetishized objects

- University of Calgary researchers suggest seven ways parents can encourage their children to read at home

And finally, thank you to everyone who participated in our Science Literacy Week events in Halifax and St. John’s, including scholars from Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick and Memorial University.

We’re happy to share that The Conversation Canada and La Conversation Canada have been nominated for Canada’s favourite science site! Please vote for us: https://sciencewriters.ca/peopleschoice

Thank you,

Lisa Varano

Audience Development Editor

Today's top stories

Polls show the gap between conservatives and liberals is widening on the issue of climate change. Shutterstock

Climate explained: Why are climate change skeptics often right-wing conservatives?

Yu Luo, University of British Columbia; Jiaying Zhao, University of British Columbia; Rebecca M. Todd, University of British Columbia

Vehicle emissions and industrial facilities are contributing to climate change, but many conservatives don't believe it.

An image taken by the Hubble telescope of NGC 4639, a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. NASA

Something is killing galaxies, and scientists are on the case

Toby Brown, McMaster University

The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world's leading telescopes will investigate how the birth and death of galaxies are affected by their environment.

Politicians from all parties should be asked tough questions about their support of Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs Quayside project while on the campaign trail. This is an artist’s rendering of the project. Sidewalk Toronto

Federal leaders should face tough questions about Toronto’s smart-city project

Blayne Haggart, Brock University

If governments can't get something like Quayside right, that bodes ill for Canada's digital future. The election gives us a chance to see where the parties stand on vital data governance issues.

A new study says a multicultural marketplace inadvertently turns visible minorities’ cultures into fetishized consumption objects. Unsplash

Chinese takeout, tacos or curry? Our multicultural marketplace turns cultures into fetishized objects

Ela Veresiu, York University, Canada

Multicultural market places in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver may seem like an equalizing market force. But the availability of diverse foods says nothing about the equity of ethnic groups.

Reading books with your child means children learn to connect reading with feelings of warmth and sharing. (Shutterstock)

Parents play a key role in fostering children’s love of reading

Lorraine Reggin, University of Calgary; Penny Pexman, University of Calgary; Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary; Susan Graham, University of Calgary

Early experiences sharing and developing positive connections, language and communication set the stage for home reading to start children on the path to literacy.

La Conversation Canada

IRM d’un poumon d’un ex fumeur de tabac et de cannabis illustrant la faiblesse de ses fonctions pulmonaires ainsi que son arbre respiratoire tronqué. (Parraga lab)

Vapotage: des effets dévastateurs à craindre pour les poumons

Grace Parraga, Western University

Le vapotage cause une toxicité pulmonaire mortelle. Leur commercialisation auprès des enfants doit être interdite.

Le chef libéral Justin Trudeau s'adresse aux médias à Rideau Hall à Ottawa, mercredi le 11 septembre, après la dissolution du parlement. La Presse Canadienne/Justin Tang

SNC-Lavalin: les règles obscures du secret ministériel

Yan Campagnolo, University of Ottawa

Justin Trudeau estime que le décret adopté dans l’affaire SNC-Lavalin constitue la plus large renonciation au secret ministériel de l’histoire canadienne. Il reste pourtant très limité, selon l'auteur.

Culture + Society

Health + Medicine

  • Collagen in your coffee? A scientist says forget it

    Brooke Russell, Texas A&M University

    A protein called collagen keeps us connected by keeping our tissues together. In recent years, it's gained popularity for restoring aging skin, with some people even saying you should drink it.


  • How likely is conflict between the US and Iran?

    Ben Rich, Curtin University

    Iran's goal is to sow discord and inflict pain on energy markets, while avoiding crossing a threshold that prompts retaliation from the US. This is a fine line to walk at the best of times.