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

(11) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 12:55 PM

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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Solar: A Brilliant Way To Get Energy

(9) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 10:07 AM

Except for nuclear and geothermal, all energy we use comes from the sun in one form or another. As sunlight reaches the Earth's surface, it powers heat transfers that move air and ocean currents, used for wind and tidal power. The sun evaporates water, contributing to the hydrologic...

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Paris Changed Everything, So Why Are We Still Talking Pipelines?

(51) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 10:20 AM

With the December Paris climate agreement, leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued to increase fossil fuel use, the need to curb and reduce emissions is urgent.

In light of this,...

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Environmental Rights Are Human Rights

(12) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 10:59 AM

My grandparents came here from Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Although it would be a one-way trip, the perilous journey across the Pacific was worth the risk. They left behind extreme poverty for a wealth of opportunity.

But Canada was different then, a racist country built...

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Do You Want To Exploit The Planet, Or Experience It?

(15) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:49 PM

The coming year looks bright with the promise of change after a difficult decade for environmentalists and our issues. But even with a new government that quickly moved to gender equity in cabinet, expanded the Ministry of the Environment to include climate change, and offered a bravura performance...

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The One Way We Can All Make 2016 A Year Of Hope

(25) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:41 PM

Like any year, 2015 had its share of good and bad, tragedy and beauty, hope and despair. It's difficult not to get discouraged by events like the Syrian war and refugee crisis, violent outbreaks in Beirut, Paris, Burundi, the U.S. and so many other places, and the ongoing...

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Paris Agreement Marks A Global Shift For Climate Action

(12) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 8:45 AM

When our children's children look back to what we did to keep our planet livable, they may see this year's United Nations climate conference in Paris as a turning point.

The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) may have been our last chance for a meaningful agreement to...

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Healing Humanity's Grief In The Face Of Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 4:49 PM

The tragedy we're witnessing in so many places around the world is heartbreaking. Responses on the ground and in the media to events in Paris, Beirut, Syria and elsewhere have ranged from inspiring to chilling. Too often, people express fear and distress as anger, suspicion and scapegoating.

For many reasons...

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UN Climate Talks Offer Hope For Humanity

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 9:58 AM

With world leaders now meeting in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference, we're seeing signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming. Canadians, especially, have reason to be optimistic about our country's role.

It hasn't always been this way.

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Canada's Oceans Matter, At The Paris Climate Talks And Beyond

(7) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:28 AM

It's encouraging that our newly elected federal government has agreed to improve efforts to safeguard Canada's oceans. Ocean protection here is shamefully deficient, currently at around one per cent. The new government has restated our country's commitment to protect 10 per cent of our oceans by 2020, as part of...

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Natural Infrastructure Is Good For The Climate And Communities

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Across Canada, towns and cities face a one-two punch: aging infrastructure and the extreme weather climate change brings. Unless we do something, many of our roads, railways, transit lines, bridges, stormwater pipes and other built structures could become obsolete.

Our newly elected federal government took up the challenge with...

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New Government Faces Climate Challenges And Opportunities

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Our new government appears to be taking climate change seriously. With the UN climate talks starting in Paris on November 30, Canada can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gases at home and helping others around the world do likewise. U.S. President Barack Obama's decision...

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The Many Marvels Of The Mysterious Mushroom

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Until 1969, biologists thought mushrooms and other fungi were plants. They're actually more closely related to animals, but with enough differences that they inhabit their own distinct classification.

This and more recent findings about these mysterious organisms illustrate how much we have yet to learn about the complexities...

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Sustainable Development Goals Offer A Path To Prosperity

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 6:32 PM

Sustainable development means different things to different people. The concept was popularized in 1987 by the groundbreaking Brundtland Commission report to the United Nations, "Our Common Future." Over the past three decades it has entered conversations around global poverty, health, environmental quality and social justice. It's even been...

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Democracy Isn't Just About Politics; It's About All of Us

(6) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 1:33 PM

I've lived through many elections, but I don't recall many in which emotions ran so high. In the heat of such a campaign, things get said, disagreements arise and tensions increase. Now that we've elected a new government, I want to commend Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau on his...

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These Are All the Election Issues More Important Than the Niqab

(38) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 9:37 AM

When my grandparents arrived from Japan in the early 1900s, Canada was far less tolerant than it is today. Women and minorities couldn't vote, nor could Indigenous people who had lived here from time immemorial. In 1942, the government took away my Canadian-born family's property and rights and sent us...

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The Ecological and Economic Costs of Food Waste Is Staggering

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family to appreciate the bounty of the fall harvest. Eating is both a highly social and personal part of our lives, and food preferences can even make for lively dinner table conversations.

In North America we tend to focus on...

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The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Is a Sorry Sign of the Times

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 6:35 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 | 5:48 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 | 1:31 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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