David Suzuki
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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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

(8) 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

(2) 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

(7) 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

(22) 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

(55) 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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Divest From Damage And Invest In A Healthier Future

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 11:18 AM

If people keep rapidly extracting and burning fossil fuels, there's no hope of meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement climate change commitments. To ensure a healthy, hopeful future for humanity, governments must stick to their pledge to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2 C above pre-industrial levels by...

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A Healthy Biosphere Means Healthier Humans

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 3:11 PM

Imagine if scientists came up with an inexpensive, easily administered way to decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and obesity by 25 to 35 per cent. It would create a sensation and, if patented, would be worth billions. But there's already a free and simple way to...

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Shocking Migratory Changes Bring Electric Rays To Canada's Pacific

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 11:48 AM

Gary Krause was mystified by an unusual fish he caught in his trawl net off B.C.'s Pacific north coast in October. It was a Pacific electric ray, named for a pair of organs behind its head that can knock a human adult down with a powerful shock.

Trawl fishery records...

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Nature Calms The Brain And Heals The Body

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 2:41 PM

For the most part, our brains didn't evolve in cities. But in a few decades, almost 70 per cent of the world's people will live in urban environments. Despite the prosperity we associate with cities, urbanization presents a major health challenge. Cities, with their accelerated pace of life, can be...

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Got Milkweed? Monarch Butterflies Still Need Your Help

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 12:31 PM

Three years ago, the eastern monarch butterfly population plummeted to 35 million, a drop of more than 95 per cent since the 1990s. More than a billion milkweed plants, which monarchs depend on for survival, had been lost throughout the butterfly's migratory range -- from overwintering sites in...

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Going Geothermal: Tapping Into Earth's Abundant Energy

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 12:42 PM

In the midst of controversy over B.C.'s Peace River Site C dam project, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association released a study showing the province could get the same amount of energy more affordably from geothermal sources for about half the construction costs. Unlike Site C, geothermal wouldn't require...

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Environmental Deficit Tarnishes Canada's Rights Record

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 3:26 PM

Many Canadians see our country as a human rights leader, but a United Nations committee says we should do better. In early March, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concluded that Canada's lack of environmental protection and climate action mars our rights record.

The committee's

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World Water Day Reminds Us Of Clean Water's Value

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 11:28 AM

Earth's oceans, lakes, rivers and streams are its circulatory system, providing life's essentials for people, animals and ecosystems. Canada has one-fifth of the world's freshwater, a quarter of its remaining wetlands and its longest coastline. With this abundance, it's easy to take water for granted. Many of our daily rituals...

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Change Is In The Air

(8) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 10:07 AM

When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in June 1914, no one thought, "Uh-oh, World War I is starting..." We only recognize the significance of events in the context of history. I recently had a day like any other except it made me wonder if we're on...

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Will Cap-and-Trade Slow Climate Change?

(11) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 10:17 AM

The principle that polluters should pay for the waste they create has led many experts to urge governments to put a price on carbon emissions. One method is the sometimes controversial cap-and-trade. Quebec, California and the European Union have already adopted cap-and-trade, and Ontario will join Quebec and...

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We Should Love Bees, Especially The Wild Ones

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 8:11 AM

Many environmental campaigns over the past 50 years have aimed at getting people to care for imperilled species in wild, far-off places. The focus in Canada has often been on large, photogenic, culturally important animals, with bonus points for campaigns that include alliteration, bumper sticker-friendly slogans and plush toys. This...

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Energy Storage Gives Renewables A Jump-Start

(22) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 12:42 PM

Remote Australian communities often use diesel generators for power. They're expensive to run and emit pollution and greenhouse gases. Even people who don't rely entirely on generators use Australia's power grid, which is mostly fuelled by polluting, climate-altering coal. Now, one company is showing that supplying Australia's energy needn't be...

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It's Time To Protect The Great Bear Rainforest's Grizzlies

(11) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 11:55 AM

The agreement between government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups to protect much of the Great Bear Rainforest should be celebrated. The deal makes almost 85 per cent of the forested land base in this massive region on B.C.'s coast off limits to logging. Forestry in the remaining...

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