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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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Indigenous People Hold The Key To Caribou Survival

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 3:17 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

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 6:42 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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Better Discourse For A Kinder World

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 6:42 AM

The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn't bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science.

As public relations expert and former David Suzuki Foundation board chair James Hoggan writes in I'm Right and You're...

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Hard Work And Love Trump Fear And Hate

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 3:20 AM

Now what? Many people in the United States and around the world are dismayed that a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world's most powerful nation.

His party controls the House and Senate, meaning pro-fossil-fuel, anti-climate-action representatives who...

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Extinction Crisis Signals That It's Time To Change Course

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2016 | 10:36 AM

Clean air, water and soil to grow food are necessities of life. So are diverse plant and animal populations. But as the human population continues to increase, animal numbers are falling. There's a strong correlation. A comprehensive report from the World Wildlife Federation and the Zoological Society of London found...

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What Does "World Class Oil Spill Response" Even Mean?

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2016 | 10:14 AM

In July, a pipeline leak near Maidstone, Saskatchewan, spilled about 250,000 litres of diluted oil sands bitumen into the North Saskatchewan River, killing wildlife and compromising drinking water for nearby communities, including Prince Albert. It was one of 11 spills in the province over the previous year.

In October,...

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Heated Debates Ignore An Overheating Planet

(11) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Scientists worldwide accept that Earth is warming at an unusually rapid rate, that humans are primarily responsible, mainly by burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences for humanity will be disastrous if we don't take immediate, widespread action. The U.S. Defense Department calls climate change a security risk...

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We Need To Find Solutions To The Growing Crisis Of Food Insecurity

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 12:17 PM

As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest and hearty soups and dishes that will soon warm our bellies.

Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy such thoughts. About

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We Can't Dig Our Way Out Of Our Fossil Fuels Problem

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 1:44 PM

I've often thought politicians inhabit a parallel universe. Maybe it's just widespread cognitive dissonance, coupled with a lack of imagination, that compels them to engage in so much contradictory behaviour. Trying to appease so many varying interests isn't easy.

Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities, though, politicians...

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We All Need To Confront The Crisis Of Violence Against Indigenous Women

(4) Comments | Posted October 5, 2016 | 3:14 PM

In late September, Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook died tragically in Ottawa. Pootoogook was an award-winning illustrator from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Her ink-and-crayon depictions of everyday life in the north -- families sitting to eat a meal of seal meat or shopping at the Arctic co-op -- received international...

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Carbon Dioxide: Pollutant Or Plant Food?

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 11:55 AM

Life evolved to live within limits. It's a delicate balance. Humans need oxygen, but too much can kill us. Plants need nitrogen, but excess nitrogen harms them, and pollutes rivers, lakes and oceans. Ecosystems are complex. Our health and survival depend on intricate interactions that ensure we get the right...

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Wild Pacific Salmon Face An Upstream Battle For Survival

(4) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 8:23 AM

Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area.

During that time, they've been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean...

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Airline Emissions Are Flying Too High

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 10:02 AM

In July, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean air travel and transport could become more environmentally friendly,...

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Nature's Most Dangerous And Destructive Super Predator - Is Us

(13) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 12:52 PM

Humans are the world's top predator. The way we fulfil this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the process governments use to kill carnivores like wolves, coyotes and cougars to stop them from hunting threatened species like caribou...

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In Diversity There Is Strength

(5) Comments | Posted August 31, 2016 | 8:06 AM

It's been shocking to watch news of the Brexit vote in Britain, Donald Trump's promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and the ongoing threats and violence against ethnic minorities in many parts of the world. I'm not a political or social scientist, but my training as...

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How Much Food Can Cities Produce?

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 9:34 AM

Humans are fast becoming city dwellers. According to the United Nations, "The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014." Sixty-six per cent of us will likely live in urban environments by 2050. The number of mega-cities (more...

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Let's Stand With Clyde River Inuit And Stop Seismic Blasts In The Arctic

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2016 | 3:06 PM

The Arctic's Baffin Bay and Davis Strait region is home to seals, bowhead whales, polar bears and up to 90 per cent of the world's narwhals. The area's marine waters also provide habitat for 116 species of fish, such as Arctic char, an important dietary staple for Nunavut's...

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Let's Push The Prime Minister To Get Moving On Climate

(173) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 9:42 AM

Canadians of all political persuasions care about climate action. Watching Canada fall behind the rest of the world over the past 10 years has been deeply disturbing to many. We became climate laggards. We yearn to be leaders.

The hope that Canada would act on scientific evidence and contribute...

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Half Measures Aren't Enough To Save Caribou

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2016 | 1:41 PM

Alberta is home to two of Canada's imperilled caribou populations, the southern mountain and boreal woodland herds. Both are threatened with extinction.

Under the federal Species at Risk Act, the boreal woodland caribou recovery strategy requires provinces to develop range plans by 2017, outlining paths to recovery. Because...

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Will Growing Our Fuels Drive Us To A Cleaner Future?

(21) Comments | Posted July 27, 2016 | 11:59 AM

The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner fuels? Or is this just an attempt to keep 20th century technology chugging along while trading one set of...

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