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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: Clean Water, Air and Soil Should Be Your Priority

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:37 AM

When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average -- to our children and grandchildren.

We expect our leaders to have a clear...

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We Don't Know Enough About Nanomaterials To Be Adding Them So Freely To Our Food

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Nanoparticles can be used to deliver vaccines, treat tumours, clean up oil spills, preserve food, protect skin from sun and kill bacteria. They're so useful for purifying, thickening, colouring and keeping food fresh that they're added to more products every year, with the nanofoods market projected to reach...

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Climate Change Deniers Are Getting Desperate (and Personal)

(8) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:27 PM

The Heartland Institute's recent International Climate Change Conference in Las Vegas illustrates climate change deniers' desperate confusion. As Bloomberg News noted, "Heartland's strategy seemed to be to throw many theories at the wall and see what stuck." A who's who of fossil fuel industry supporters and anti-science shills...

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The Blue Dot Tour: It's About All of Us

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:35 PM

A now-famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as "the blue marble". The late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a "pale blue dot"....

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Canada's Cities Lead the Way on Climate Action

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Amid the dire warnings about global warming's impacts, what's often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it's not surprising that tangible positive action on...

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Lake Huron Is No Place for a Nuclear Waste Dump

(8) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Is dilution really the solution to pollution -- especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is.

The panel is examining an Ontario Power Generation proposal to bury low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste...

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Yes, Climate Change Will Hurt Your Bottom Line

(26) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Those who don't outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can't or shouldn't do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, "No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that...

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1 of Every 3 Bites of Food Depends on Bees -- Let's Save Them

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 8:54 AM

Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk,...

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This Canada Day, Think Radical

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Oh, Canada, what will become of you?

Although I'm proudly Canadian, my early memories are mixed. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, our government unfairly deprived my family of citizenship rights and exiled us to the B.C. Interior, even though we were born and raised here. But my...

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Harper's Pipeline Decision Is a Blow to Democracy

(38) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 8:57 AM

There was little doubt the federal government would approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, regardless of public opposition or evidence presented against it. The prime minister indicated he wanted the pipeline built before the Joint Review Panel hearings even began. Ad campaigns, opponents demonized as...

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Like So Many Bad Things, Oil Spills Are Good For the Economy

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Energy giant Kinder Morgan was recently called insensitive for pointing out that "Pipeline spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies, both in the short- and long-term." The company wants to triple its shipping capacity from the Alberta tar sands to Burnaby, in part by...

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Remember: Our Oceans Are Defined By What We Put In Them

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:16 PM

June 8 is World Oceans Day. It's a fitting time to contemplate humanity's evolving relationship with the source of all life. For much of human history, we've affected marine ecosystems primarily by what we've taken out of the seas. The challenge as we encounter warming temperatures and increasing industrial activity...

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Stop the Government From Fracking Our Way To 'Prosperity'

(23) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Because we enjoy relatively pure air, clean water and healthy food systems, Canadians sometimes take the environment for granted. Many scarcely blink if oil from a pipeline spills into a river, a forest is cleared for tar sands operations or agricultural land is fracked for gas. If Arctic ice melts...

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Investing in Transit Drives Our Cities to Be Healthier and Happier

(17) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 8:34 AM

What makes a city great? Among other things, great cities welcome ethnic diversity, support and foster the arts, have access to venture capital to spur entrepreneurship and innovation and benefit from healthy environments that provide clean air and water.

New York City is a driver of global finance and a...

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People Are Excited By Small Change in Landscapes, Not Mammoth Buildings

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 8:09 AM

"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized." That was American architect Daniel Burnham's city-planning advice at the turn of the 20th century.

More than 100 years later, he couldn't be more wrong. Big, top-down building projects no...

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You Might Be Allergic to Global Warming

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Spring is a time of rebirth: blossoms and greenery emerge as cold and snow give way to warmer temperatures and longer days. It can also kick off a season of sneezing, headaches and itchy, watery eyes. Like a growing number of people, I'm allergic to tree pollen. Many say their...

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America Should Revive Its Focus on Science

(5) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:58 PM

The United States has inspired and influenced millions of people around the world. I am one of them. America is the nation of big ideas like the New Deal, the Marshall Plan and the Fulbright Program. It has showed the world what is possible with vision, commitment and determination. Today,...

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Salmon Farms: Has Anything Changed After a Decade of Controversy?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 12:37 PM

The David Suzuki Foundation and others have run ads over the past decade decrying British Columbia's open net-cage salmon farm industry. With significant expansion planned for the West Coast, the question remains: Has B.C.'s salmon farm industry improved?

Salmon farming threatens some of the planet's last remaining viable wild salmon...

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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

(33) 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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