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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The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Is a Sorry Sign of the Times

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 5:35 PM

Volkswagen was caught cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests by installing "defeat devices," which allowed its diesel vehicles to pass nitrogen oxide emissions checks but spew up to 40 times allowable pollutants once they were completed. The scandal has resulted in plummeting share prices, CEO Martin Winterkorn's resignation...

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It's Time to Talk About a New Vision for Canada's Economy

(9) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 4:48 PM

The federal leaders' debate on the economy focused on important issues -- jobs, deficits, infrastructure spending, pipelines, climate change -- but no one talked about a different vision for Canada's economy. What if we challenged our leaders to answer the dilemma posed by American journalist Charles...

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Will Generation Z Give Us Superheroes for the Planet?

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Snapchat and selfies, iPhones and iPads... There's no denying technology plays a major role in the lives of many 21st century children. With so many parents sharing photos of their children from birth and beyond, and kids creating Facebook accounts at age 13 and under, many young people...

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Make Climate Change Your Key Election Issue

(13) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 8:04 AM

No matter what anyone says during this long federal election campaign, climate change is the biggest threat to Canadians' health, security and economy. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible, the research wide-ranging and overwhelming.

Wastefully burning fossil fuels at such a rapid rate is jeopardizing the planet's life-support...

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Deniers Are All Over the Map; Climate Realists Are All Over the World

(76) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 1:15 PM

A little over a year ago, I wrote about a Heartland Institute conference in Las Vegas where climate change deniers engaged in a failed attempt to poke holes in the massive body of scientific evidence for human-caused climate change. I quoted Bloomberg News: "Heartland's strategy seemed...

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A Healthy Environment Nurtures Healthy People

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:12 PM

If a home is not cleaned and cared for, it will become rundown and less habitable or even unlivable. It's no different with our broader surroundings, from the immediate environment to the entire planet.

If we disconnect from the natural world, we become disconnected from who we are -- to...

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You Can Help Bring Monarch Butterflies Back from the Brink

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:30 PM

Jode Roberts has spent a lot of the summer checking out ditches and fields along the sides of roads, railways and trails. At first, he didn't like what he was seeing. Roberts, who is leading the David Suzuki Foundation's effort to bring monarchs back from the brink, was searching for...

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B.C. Must Heed Mount Polley Disaster's Lessons

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:16 PM

It was a dramatic image: millions of cubic metres of waste cascading from the Mount Polley mine breach into the Quesnel watershed in B.C.'s Interior. Besides destroying a nine-kilometre creek and endangering salmon and the neighbouring community of Likely, the catastrophe damaged the mining industry's reputation. In the months following,...

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Cecil the Lion's Killing Should Shine a Spotlight on B.C.'s Barbaric Trophy Hunting

(27) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:17 PM

A beloved animal, tagged for tracking by researchers, crosses the invisible boundary between protected and unprotected area and is killed by a hunter who has paid tens of thousands of dollars for the "experience." That was the fate of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion, whose killing sparked torrents of online and...

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Rouge Park Deserves the Same Protection as Other Canadian Parks

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 9:26 AM

In fall 2011, politicians, farmers, environmentalists and local advocates met in Toronto to get the ball rolling for Canada's first urban national park, in the Rouge watershed on the city's east side.

It was a remarkably diverse gathering. Senior federal government members, including then Environment Minister Peter Kent,...

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The Premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy Doesn't Go Far Enough

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:58 PM

On July 15, a state-of-the-art new pipeline near Fort McMurray, Alberta, ruptured, spilling five million litres of bitumen, sand and waste water over 16,000 square metres -- one of the largest pipeline oil spills in Canadian history. Two days later, a train carrying crude oil from...

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The Climate Crisis Is Starting to Create a Global Consciousness Shift

(26) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 8:58 AM

When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War. That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It's often the way. That's why historians are important; they put events...

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Welcome to an Extreme, Warming World

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 12:15 PM

My hometown, Vancouver, is in a rainforest so we celebrate sunny days. People I talk to are enjoying the recent warm, dry weather, but they invariably add, "This isn't normal" -- especially with all the smoke from nearby forest fires.

With no mountain snowpack and almost no spring...

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Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy

(10) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 7:57 AM

If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step...

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How Pope Francis Offers Hope on Climate Change

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Earth has existed for 4.5 billion years, humans for somewhere around 130,000. But in my brief lifetime -- less than 80 years -- human populations have exploded exponentially, from two billion to more than seven billion. In that short time, we've created consumer societies and decimated the planet's...

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Environmental Activists Should Not Be Targets of Harassment and Hatred

(83) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 8:39 AM

In 1962, biologist and writer Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a book about the widespread use of agricultural pesticides, and how toxic chemicals like DDT were threatening insects, birds and other elements of our natural world. It garnered widespread critical and popular acclaim and is heralded...

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Your Values Affect the Environment

(6) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Reading the news, it's hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety and security. To this we add the looming environmental threats...

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On World Oceans Day Let's Learn to Treat the Seas Better

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:20 PM

June 8 is World Oceans Day. In Canada, it's a time to celebrate the rich marine life in three great oceans off the longest coastline of any nation -- trillions of plankton, billions of fish, millions of seabirds, thousands of whales and myriad other creatures great and small....

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Microbes, Biodiversity and the Benefits of Getting Dirty

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:37 PM

We're surrounded by life, but Earth's most plentiful living things are invisible to the naked eye. Microbes are not only around us, they live on and in us. Although some cause maladies ranging from food poisoning to smallpox, there are many we couldn't live without.

Beneficial microbes break down food...

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Good Things Are Growing in Ontario's Greenbelt

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 8:57 AM

More than half the planet's people now live in urban areas. The need to supply food, shelter, fresh water and energy to billions of urban residents is resulting in loss of farmland, forests, wetlands and other ecosystems, as well as the critical ecological services they support, like providing...

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