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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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Politicians: Doing Nothing About Climate Change Is No Longer an Option

(16) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 8:28 AM

It's fitting that the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released during Earth Month. After all, the third chapter of its Fifth Assessment focuses on ways to keep our planet healthy and livable by warding off extreme climatic shifts and weather events caused by...

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It's Time For a Real War on Cars

(32) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 8:00 AM

In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars -- but there should be.

Cars directly kill and hurt more people every year than most diseases, resulting in 1.5-million...

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Will We Ever Learn to Celebrate Earth Month?

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:49 PM

April is Earth Month, and April 22 Earth Day. We should really celebrate our small blue planet and all it provides every day, but recent events give us particular cause to reflect on our home and how we're treating it.

Through an amazingly ordered combination of factors, this...

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Windmills Are Beautiful (Yes, Even in My Backyard)

(14) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 9:08 AM

I have a cabin on Quadra Island off the British Columbia coast that's as close to my heart as you can imagine. From my porch you can see clear across the waters of Georgia Strait to the snowy peaks of the rugged Coast Mountains. It's one of the most beautiful...

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Become a Citizen Scientist and Help Save Monarch Butterflies

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:18 PM

From the age of five, Fred Urquhart was fascinated by monarch butterflies in his Toronto neighbourhood. Born in 1911, he spent hours watching the orange and black insects flutter about, wondering: Where did they go in winter? At school, he read voraciously about nature, especially monarchs and other insects.

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Geoengineering Is Not a Solution for Climate Change Anymore

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Because nature doesn't always behave the same in a lab, test tube or computer program as it does in the real world, scientists and engineers have come up with ideas that didn't turn out as expected.

DDT was considered a panacea for a range of insect pest...

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Canada's Cities Are Growing, So Infrastructure Must Grow Too

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Canada's federal government recently announced $14 billion in new funding to help municipalities repair and replace aging infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, sewer lines, energy production and distribution systems, and subways and other public transit. About $1 billion is dedicated to smaller communities, but most of the funding...

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Wildlife Win in Court, But Lose on the Ground

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Of 345 species at risk in Canada, more than 160 have waited far too long for recovery strategies. Thanks to a recent federal court decision, four luckier ones are finally getting overdue plans detailing steps needed to save and protect them, including identifying habitat they need to survive....

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Measuring Progress with GDP Is a Gross Mistake

(9) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:22 AM

Governments, media and much of the public are preoccupied with the economy. That means demands such as those for recognition of First Nations treaty rights and environmental protection are often seen as impediments to the goal of maintaining economic growth. The gross domestic product has become a sacred indicator of...

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Stop Trading Precious Water For Fossil Fuels

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:34 AM

It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we're trading precious water for fossil fuels.

A recent report,

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Will Thorium Save Us from Climate Change?

(18) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:14 PM

As knowledge about climate change increases, so does demand for clean energy. Technologies like solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal and biofuels, along with energy-grid designs that will help us take advantage of renewables, are part of the equation, as is conservation.

But many argue that, despite Fukushima and other...

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Pete Seeger: "From Way Up Here the Earth Looks Very Small"

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:55 AM

"This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."
~ Words painted on Pete Seeger's banjo

A man with a banjo can be a powerful force for good. Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists...

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How Citizen Scientists Can Fill in Information Gaps About Fukushima

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:33 AM

An Internet search turns up an astounding number of pages about radiation from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown that followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. But it's difficult to find credible information.

One reason is that government monitoring of radiation...

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Rail vs. Pipeline Is the Wrong Question

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn't be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That's what's happening with the "rail versus pipeline" discussion. Some say recent rail accidents mean we should build more pipelines to transport fossil fuels....

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If You Don't Believe in Climate Change, Just Look Out the Window

(26) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 7:15 AM

Ian Mauro, an environmental and social scientist at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, recently toured Atlantic Canada, interviewing fishers, hunters, farmers, businessmen, First Nations and local politicians about climate change. The result is a powerful film, Climate Change in Atlantic Canada, with people from different walks of...

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Where Would We Be if These Greats Never Stood Up for Change?

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Nelson Mandela, who died last month at age 95, was sentenced to life in prison in 1962 because he fought for justice, equality and democracy. He was finally released 27 years later, in 1990. South Africa's racist apartheid system fell and Mandela served as president from 1994 to...

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We Shovel it, We Play in it, But What Do We Know About Snow?

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 11:25 AM

We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year -- some of us more than others, depending on what...

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Let's Make Sure 2014 Isn't an "Annus Horribilis"

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 8:08 AM

It's been a strange year. From the never-ending carnival of calamity at Toronto City Hall to the scandalous subterfuge on Parliament Hill, from horrific attacks by the Syrian government on its own citizenry to disasters inflicted by extreme weather on the people of the Philippines, 2013 recalls Queen...

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Canadians Have the Right to Live in a Healthy Environment

(33) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 7:19 AM

Canada is blessed with some of the last vestiges of pristine nature on Earth -- unbroken forests, coastlines and prairies, thousands of rivers, streams and lakes, open skies, abundant fresh air. Many of us live in urban areas, but our spectacular landscapes are embedded in our history and culture. They...

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The Deadly Price of Being An Environmentalist

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Early November marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic murder of outspoken writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues by the Nigerian government. Saro-Wiwa and the others had waged a long campaign to stop multinational oil company Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the lands of...

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