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

(43) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 1:00 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 | 1:21 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 | 9:22 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 | 12:54 PM

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 | 12:53 PM

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 | 1:05 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 | 8:25 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 | 12:53 PM

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 | 9:23 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 | 1:13 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 | 12:53 PM

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 | 12:47 PM

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 | 1:40 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 | 5:23 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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2014 Could Be the Hottest Year on Record. What's the Plan, Canada?

(28) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 8:34 AM

It's become a cliché to say that out of crisis comes opportunity. But there's no denying that when faced with crises, we have choices. The opportunity depends on what we decide to do.

What choices will we make when confronted with the fact that 2014 will likely be

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Canada Has to Join the Environmental Rights Movement

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:02 AM

The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada's highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced "An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights" in Parliament. If it's passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to...

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More Bad News for Bees: The New "F" Word

(7) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new "F" word is bad news for bees.

Flupyradifurone is an insect-killing systemic pesticide similar to the controversial neonicotinoid, or neonic,...

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Clean Tech Is Good For the Economy and Environment

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:01 PM

What's the fastest-growing sector in Canada's economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we're no longer just "hewers of wood and drawers...

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When it Comes to the Environment, Canada Has a Black Thumb

(22) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Canadians expect to have our environment protected, and to know how it's being protected. A report from Canada's Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we're being short-changed.

"In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the...

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Let's Slow Down, for the Sake of Ourselves and Our Planet

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:35 PM

The Amazon rainforest is magnificent. Watching programs about it, we're amazed by brilliant parrots and toucans, tapirs, anacondas and jaguars. But if you ever go there expecting to be overwhelmed by a dazzling blur of activity, you'll be disappointed. The jungle has plenty of vegetation -- hanging vines, enormous trees,...

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