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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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Ending B.C. Grizzly Trophy Hunt Shouldn't Be A Partisan Issue

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2017 | 4:09 PM

Grizzly bears venturing from dens in search of food this spring will face landscapes dominated by mines, roads, pipelines, clearcuts and ever-expanding towns and cities. As in years past, they'll also face the possibility of painful death at the hands of trophy hunters.

British Columbia's spring bear...

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March For Science Is About More Than Facts. It's A Fight For Survival

(13) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 9:17 AM

Science isn't everything. But it is crucial to governing, decision-making, protecting human health and the environment, and resolving questions and challenges around our existence.

Those determined to advance industrial interests over all else often attack science. We've seen it in Canada, with a decade of cuts to research funding...

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How Citizen Science Is Changing The World For Good

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2017 | 1:57 PM

Since I started working as a geneticist in the early 1960s, the field has changed considerably. James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins won the 1962 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Researchers then "cracked" the genetic code, which held...

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New Protections Skim Surface Of Canada's Complex Water Issues

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 9:33 PM

The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough?

Canada has the longest coastline of any nation, but our country doesn't end at its ocean shores....

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It's About Time We Embrace 21st-Century Energy Innovations

(6) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 3:26 PM

If you own a smartphone, you have more computing power at your fingertips than NASA scientists had when they put people on the moon in 1969! And it's in a small device, unlike the massive hardware the space agency used.

Technology moves in leaps and bounds. As someone...

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Facts And Evidence Matter In Confronting Climate Crisis

(6) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 5:44 PM

We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are...

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Intact Wilderness Is A Hedge Against Our Ignorance

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 1:12 PM

In 2011, I travelled with my family down Yukon's Hart River. It's one of seven pure rivers in the Peel River watershed, a 68,000-square-kilometre wilderness that's been at the centre of a legal dispute for many years and a land-use planning debate for more than a decade. For two weeks,...

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Faulty Logic Fuels Fossil Fools

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 11:37 AM

Apparently, fossil fuel companies protect watersheds and rivers by removing oil. That's according to comments on the David Suzuki Foundation Facebook page and elsewhere, including this: "The amount of contamination occuring [sic] from extraction is far less than if we just left the oil there to continue polluting the waterways."

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Greatness Comes From Moving Forward, Not Backward

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2017 | 7:00 PM

The battle lines are drawn -- in some cases literally. On one side are those reaping massive profits from fossil fuels, determined to extract and sell as much as possible before the market dries up. On the other are those who see the amazing potential of energy conservation, renewable energy...

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Marvellous Monarchs Move Minister McKenna

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 4:49 AM

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees...

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Our Government Must Address First Nations' Water Woes

(39) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 6:41 AM

Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. "We're over 20 years already where our people haven't been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes," Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias told CBC...

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Understanding Climate Change Means Reading Beyond Headlines

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 3:17 AM

Seeing terms like "post-truth" and "alternative facts" gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and...

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Indigenous People Are Fighting For Us All

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2017 | 1:43 AM

In the 1990s, the David Suzuki Foundation embarked on a program to develop community economic projects with coastal First Nations. Between 1998 and 2003, my wife and foundation co-founder, Tara Cullis, established relationships with 11 coastal communities from the tip of Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii and Alaska, visiting each...

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We Need To Work Less To Live Better

(48) Comments | Posted January 25, 2017 | 6:05 AM

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards.

Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two....

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We Ignore Earth's Interconnected Nature At Our Own Peril

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2017 | 5:25 AM

For decades, scientists have warned that we're on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but...

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We Can Learn So Much From Nature

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 2:15 AM

If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring...

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It's Time To Heed Warnings About Humanity's Collision Course

(9) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 6:39 AM

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we've known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we're seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if...

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Tread Lightly To Lift The Weight Of The World

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2016 | 6:22 AM

How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile -- the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That's how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England's University of Leicester. It adds up to...

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Indigenous People Hold The Key To Caribou Survival

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 2:17 AM

When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements. This gives them a rough idea of where herds are and where they travel, but it doesn't tell them much about a caribou population's history -- travel routes...

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Reconciliation Requires Recognizing Rights-Based Fishing

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 5:42 AM

Fishing is as emblematic to Canada as ice hockey. It's also a way of life with a long tradition in coastal Indigenous communities. But since European contact, it's been all but eliminated as an economic development opportunity for them.

As Canada struggles to come to terms with reconciliation, court...

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