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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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China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 12:52 PM

Beijing's 21 million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for more...

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The Oil Industry Doesn't Want You to Have Better Transportation Options

(49) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Brothers Charles and David Koch run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., behind Cargill. They've given close to US$70 million to climate change denial front groups, some of which they helped start, including Americans for Prosperity, founded by David Koch and a major force...

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Water Is Life and We Can't Afford to Waste It

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 1:09 PM

How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to your life might only come from people who can't stand the smell. But most people won't live for more than three days without water to...

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A Better World Is Not Impossible

(9) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:50 PM

Cars, air travel, space exploration, television, nuclear power, high-speed computers, telephones, organ transplants, prosthetic body parts...at various times these were all deemed impossible. I've been around long enough to have witnessed many technological feats that were once unimaginable. Even 10 or 20 years ago, I would never have guessed people...

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Transit Funding Will Drive Canadian Cities into the Future

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:00 PM

Many people think of Canada as a landscape of forests, mountains, water and ice, but the Canadian experience is fast becoming focused on glass and concrete. Our 2011 census revealed that 81 per cent of us now live in cities. And despite taking up less land space, our...

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It's Time to End the Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:07 PM

Watching grizzly bears catch and eat salmon as they swim upstream to spawn is an unforgettable experience. Many people love to view the wild drama. Some record it with photos or video. But a few want to kill the iconic animals -- not to eat, just to put their heads...

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The Government Can't Intimidate Activists By Calling Us "Extremists"

(50) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:00 PM

A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada and the world. But the RCMP has a different take. A report by the national police force, obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global warming and conjures a spectre...

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We Have to Stop Filling and Killing the Oceans With Plastic

(4) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Eight million tonnes. That's how much plastic we're tossing into the oceans every year! University of Georgia environmental engineer Jenna Jambeck says it's enough to line up five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline in the world.

A study published by Jambeck and colleagues in...

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How Speaking Truth Gives Youth Great Power

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 8:22 AM

When she was just 12 years old, my daughter Severn gave a speech at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. She spoke with such conviction that delegates were moved to tears. It was one of my proudest moments as a father. More than 20...

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What Are Neonics? And Why Does Ontario Need To Restrict Them?

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 11:54 AM

No matter how you feel about Ontario's proposal to restrict use of neonicotinoid insecticides on corn and soybean crops, we can all agree: bees matter. But as important as bees are, there's more at stake. Neonics are poisoning our soil and water. This problematic class of pesticides needs...

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Testing Your Home for Radon Could Be a Lifesaver

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 11:53 AM

In late January, the B.C. Lung Association released results of Canada's largest-ever community-wide home radon testing project, conducted in Castlegar and Prince George, two of B.C.'s radon hot spots. In more than half the Castlegar homes tested, and one-third in Prince George, radon concentrations exceeded Health Canada's exposure...

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Canada Is Trading Away Its Environmental Rights

(13) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:05 PM

In 1997, Canada restricted import and transfer of the gasoline additive MMT because it was a suspected neurotoxin that had already been banned in Europe. Ethyl Corp., the U.S. multinational that supplied the chemical, sued the government for $350 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement and...

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Why Lower Fuel Prices Are Not a Reason to Celebrate

(27) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:25 AM

With oil prices plunging from more than $100 a barrel last summer to below $50 now, the consequences of a petro-fuelled economy are hitting home -- especially in Alberta, where experts forecast a recession. The province's projected budget surplus has turned into a $500-million deficit on top of a $12-billion...

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We Must Start Digging Our Way Out of Canada's Mining Dilemma

(4) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 11:53 AM

It sometimes seems people in the mining and fossil fuel industries -- along with their government promoters -- don't believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush to extract and use up the Earth's resources as quickly and wastefully as possible?

Global mining production, including...

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Where Is the Political Leadership to Confront Climate Change?

(22) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 8:23 AM

Abundant, cheap fossil fuels have driven explosive technological, industrial and economic expansion for more than a century. The pervasive infrastructure developed to accommodate this growth makes it difficult to contemplate rapidly shifting away from coal, oil and gas, which creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues.

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Looking Back on the Blue Dot Tour and Ahead to the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 12:13 PM

I recently travelled across Canada with David Suzuki Foundation staff, from St. John's to Victoria and up to Yellowknife, joined by friends and allies along the way. Besides our Blue Dot Tour evening events featuring some of Canada's best-known musicians, writers, artists and thinkers, we also took part...

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Wind Offers a Healthy Way to Generate Power

(34) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 11:53 AM

There's no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported, and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife. Hydro floods...

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A New "National Park" Could Be Coming to a City Near You

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Canada's newest "national park" is a vibrant patchwork of green space meandering through dynamic downtown neighbourhoods in one of Canada's densest metropolises, along the former path of a creek buried more than 100 years. It's a welcoming space for birds and bees that's nurturing a new generation of city-builders. And...

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Conditions in First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities are Canada's National Shame

(42) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Canada is among the world's wealthiest nations, but our wealth is not equitably distributed. Many communities, particularly northern and Aboriginal, suffer from poor access to healthy and affordable food, clean water, proper housing and other necessary infrastructure. An ironic example of this disparity is at Shoal Lake, about two hours...

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The Environment Needs Citizen Scientists

(5) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Our ancestors may not have called themselves "citizen scientists" or organized to collect data for scientific inquiry, but they were keen observers of the natural world. Their survival often depended on being able to tease apart nature's complexity -- where to find game and when to sow seeds, collect berries...

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