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Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 26 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.
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Wild Pacific Salmon Face An Upstream Battle For Survival

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 7:23 AM

Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area.

During that time, they've been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean...

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Airline Emissions Are Flying Too High

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 9:02 AM

In July, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean air travel and transport could become more environmentally friendly,...

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Nature's Most Dangerous And Destructive Super Predator - Is Us

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 11:52 AM

Humans are the world's top predator. The way we fulfil this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the process governments use to kill carnivores like wolves, coyotes and cougars to stop them from hunting threatened species like caribou...

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In Diversity There Is Strength

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2016 | 7:06 AM

It's been shocking to watch news of the Brexit vote in Britain, Donald Trump's promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and the ongoing threats and violence against ethnic minorities in many parts of the world. I'm not a political or social scientist, but my training as...

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How Much Food Can Cities Produce?

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 8:34 AM

Humans are fast becoming city dwellers. According to the United Nations, "The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014." Sixty-six per cent of us will likely live in urban environments by 2050. The number of mega-cities (more...

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Let's Stand With Clyde River Inuit And Stop Seismic Blasts In The Arctic

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2016 | 2:06 PM

The Arctic's Baffin Bay and Davis Strait region is home to seals, bowhead whales, polar bears and up to 90 per cent of the world's narwhals. The area's marine waters also provide habitat for 116 species of fish, such as Arctic char, an important dietary staple for Nunavut's...

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Let's Push The Prime Minister To Get Moving On Climate

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 8:42 AM

Canadians of all political persuasions care about climate action. Watching Canada fall behind the rest of the world over the past 10 years has been deeply disturbing to many. We became climate laggards. We yearn to be leaders.

The hope that Canada would act on scientific evidence and contribute...

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Half Measures Aren't Enough To Save Caribou

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2016 | 12:41 PM

Alberta is home to two of Canada's imperilled caribou populations, the southern mountain and boreal woodland herds. Both are threatened with extinction.

Under the federal Species at Risk Act, the boreal woodland caribou recovery strategy requires provinces to develop range plans by 2017, outlining paths to recovery. Because...

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Will Growing Our Fuels Drive Us To A Cleaner Future?

(24) Comments | Posted July 27, 2016 | 10:59 AM

The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner fuels? Or is this just an attempt to keep 20th century technology chugging along while trading one set of...

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Industrial Damage Threatens Blueberry River's Way Of Life

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 6:59 AM

Industrial activity has profoundly affected the Blueberry River First Nations in Northern B.C. A recent Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance, by the First Nations, the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecotrust, found 73 per cent of the area inside its traditional territory is within 250 metres of an industrial...

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The Future Of Hydro In A Warming World

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 3:53 PM

People have harnessed energy from moving water for thousands of years. Greeks used various types of water wheels to grind grain in mills more than 2,000 years ago. In the late 1800s, people figured out how to harness the power to produce electricity. Throughout the 20th century and into the...

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The Key To A Bright Future Could Rely On "Dark Earth"

(6) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 6:57 AM

Feeding more than seven billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of the biggest challenges.

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Broken Records Define The Climate Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 9:42 AM

We're living in a time of records.

More renewable energy came on stream in 2015 than ever -- 147 gigawatts, equal to Africa's entire generating capacity -- and investment in the sector broke records worldwide. Costs for producing solar and wind power have hit record...

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South Australia Sets An Example For The Country And World

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 11:41 AM

First-time visitors to Australia are often drawn to the big city attractions of Sydney and Melbourne or the fabulous beaches of Queensland's Gold Coast. I've always had a soft spot for Adelaide in South Australia, a city built more on a human scale, where downtown can be easily navigated on...

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Feed-In Tariffs Help Renewable Energy Grow

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 1:37 PM

In the early 1990s, Germany launched Energiewende, or "energy revolution," a program "to combat climate change, avoid nuclear risks, improve energy security, and guarantee competitiveness and growth." Renewable energy grew from four per cent in 1990 to more than 27 per cent in 2014, including a significant increase in citizen-owned...

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Oceans Of Reasons To Protect What We Love

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 12:53 PM

June 8 marks World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth's surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which...

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Grassy Narrows' Fight for Clean Water Is A Struggle for Environmental Justice

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 1:26 PM

Biologist Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was published in 1962. The book -- about widespread agricultural pesticide use and how toxic chemicals like DDT were threatening insects, birds and other wildlife -- garnered widespread acclaim and is heralded as a catalyst for the modern environmental movement.

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Feeding Humanity In A Warming World

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 11:48 AM

Calculating farming's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is difficult, but experts agree that feeding the world's people has tremendous climate and environmental impacts. Estimates of global emissions from farms range widely. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts them at 24 per cent, including deforestation, making agriculture the second-largest...

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Eating Less Meat Will Reduce Earth's Heat

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:20 AM

Will vegans save the world? Reading comments under climate change articles or watching the film Cowspiracy make it seem they're the only ones who can. Cowspiracy boldly claims veganism is "the only way to sustainably and ethically live on this planet." But, as with most issues, it's complicated.

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Nothing Can Replace Being In Nature (But VR Comes Close)

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 11:24 AM

The digital revolution is breaking new ground every day. Technology has a way of doing that. I remember when Hewlett-Packard introduced its first "laptop" computer, which stored a page and a half of writing. It revolutionized my life as a newspaper columnist, allowing me to write on planes or in...

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