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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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Clean Tech Is Good For the Economy and Environment

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:01 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 | 9:14 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 | 12:35 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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There Will Be No Peace if the Site C Dam Is Approved

(21) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:59 PM

B.C. First Nations chiefs recently travelled to Ottawa to urge the federal government to pull the plug on the costliest infrastructure project in the country. At an estimated $7.9 billion and growing, the proposed Site C Dam on the beautiful Peace River in northeastern B.C. has...

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Blue Dot Movement Rolls Across Canada

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:19 PM

As an elder, I've watched Canada and the world change in many ways, for better and worse. Thanks in part to cheap energy and technological growth, the human population has more than tripled, from 2.2 billion in 1936 when I was born to about seven billion today. As a boy,...

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Why Learning Outside in Nature Is Good for Teachers and Students

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Children belong outdoors. We know this intuitively, but now an extensive and ever-growing body of research supports it. Kids who spend time outside every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don't. Several recent studies even show time in nature or...

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Prescription For Human Health: Fight Global Warming

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:32 PM

What if we could reduce worldwide deaths from disease, starvation and disaster while improving the health of people everywhere? According to the World Health Organization, we can.

"Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences," says a news release about

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Dying Birds Are Environmental Canaries in the Coal Mine

(10) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 8:06 AM

Passenger pigeons were once a remarkable story of nature's abundance. Despite producing only one chick a year, they were the most numerous bird on Earth, sometimes darkening the sky for hours or even days when they flew overhead. But then they told another tale -- about the destructive power of...

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A Wake-up Call for Canada's Mining Industry

(16) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:53 AM

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here.

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Politicians: Clean Water, Air and Soil Should Be Your Priority

(5) 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

(4) 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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