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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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Rouge Park Deserves the Same Protection as Other Canadian Parks

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 9:26 AM

In fall 2011, politicians, farmers, environmentalists and local advocates met in Toronto to get the ball rolling for Canada's first urban national park, in the Rouge watershed on the city's east side.

It was a remarkably diverse gathering. Senior federal government members, including then Environment Minister Peter Kent,...

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The Premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy Doesn't Go Far Enough

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:58 PM

On July 15, a state-of-the-art new pipeline near Fort McMurray, Alberta, ruptured, spilling five million litres of bitumen, sand and waste water over 16,000 square metres -- one of the largest pipeline oil spills in Canadian history. Two days later, a train carrying crude oil from...

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The Climate Crisis Is Starting to Create a Global Consciousness Shift

(26) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 8:58 AM

When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War. That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It's often the way. That's why historians are important; they put events...

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Welcome to an Extreme, Warming World

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 12:15 PM

My hometown, Vancouver, is in a rainforest so we celebrate sunny days. People I talk to are enjoying the recent warm, dry weather, but they invariably add, "This isn't normal" -- especially with all the smoke from nearby forest fires.

With no mountain snowpack and almost no spring...

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Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy

(10) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 7:57 AM

If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step...

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How Pope Francis Offers Hope on Climate Change

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Earth has existed for 4.5 billion years, humans for somewhere around 130,000. But in my brief lifetime -- less than 80 years -- human populations have exploded exponentially, from two billion to more than seven billion. In that short time, we've created consumer societies and decimated the planet's...

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Environmental Activists Should Not Be Targets of Harassment and Hatred

(83) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 8:39 AM

In 1962, biologist and writer Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a book about the widespread use of agricultural pesticides, and how toxic chemicals like DDT were threatening insects, birds and other elements of our natural world. It garnered widespread critical and popular acclaim and is heralded...

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Your Values Affect the Environment

(6) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Reading the news, it's hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety and security. To this we add the looming environmental threats...

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On World Oceans Day Let's Learn to Treat the Seas Better

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:20 PM

June 8 is World Oceans Day. In Canada, it's a time to celebrate the rich marine life in three great oceans off the longest coastline of any nation -- trillions of plankton, billions of fish, millions of seabirds, thousands of whales and myriad other creatures great and small....

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Microbes, Biodiversity and the Benefits of Getting Dirty

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:37 PM

We're surrounded by life, but Earth's most plentiful living things are invisible to the naked eye. Microbes are not only around us, they live on and in us. Although some cause maladies ranging from food poisoning to smallpox, there are many we couldn't live without.

Beneficial microbes break down food...

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Good Things Are Growing in Ontario's Greenbelt

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 8:57 AM

More than half the planet's people now live in urban areas. The need to supply food, shelter, fresh water and energy to billions of urban residents is resulting in loss of farmland, forests, wetlands and other ecosystems, as well as the critical ecological services they support, like providing...

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Signs of Change Are Sweeping the Nation

(31) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put before their own.

When plummeting oil prices late last year threw Alberta into financial crisis, people rightly asked, "Where's the money?" They could see that an oil...

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Citizen Scientists Are Digging in and Getting Results

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 12:38 PM

One of this year's most popular Sundance Film Festival entries, Tangerine, was shot with an iPhone 5S and edited with an $8 app called Filmic Pro. New technology has also made music easier to produce and distribute, inspiring independent musicians. Science, too, is now in the hands of citizens around...

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This Plant Is a Monarch Butterfly's Best Defence Against Extinction

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 12:38 PM

The monarch butterfly is a wonderful creature with an amazing story. In late summer, monarchs in southern Canada and the U.S. northeast take flight, travelling over 5,000 kilometres to alpine forests in central Mexico. The overwintering butterflies cling to fir trees there in masses so dense that branches...

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Your White Teeth and Smooth Skin Are Damaging the Environment

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:15 PM

How much are whiter teeth and smoother skin worth to you? Are they worth the water and fish in the Great Lakes? The cormorants that nest along the shore? The coral reefs that provide refuge and habitat for so much ocean life? Are they worth the oceans that give us...

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China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 12:52 PM

Beijing's 21 million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for more...

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The Oil Industry Doesn't Want You to Have Better Transportation Options

(52) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Brothers Charles and David Koch run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., behind Cargill. They've given close to US$70 million to climate change denial front groups, some of which they helped start, including Americans for Prosperity, founded by David Koch and a major force...

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Water Is Life and We Can't Afford to Waste It

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 1:09 PM

How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to your life might only come from people who can't stand the smell. But most people won't live for more than three days without water to...

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A Better World Is Not Impossible

(9) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:50 PM

Cars, air travel, space exploration, television, nuclear power, high-speed computers, telephones, organ transplants, prosthetic body parts...at various times these were all deemed impossible. I've been around long enough to have witnessed many technological feats that were once unimaginable. Even 10 or 20 years ago, I would never have guessed people...

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Transit Funding Will Drive Canadian Cities into the Future

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:00 PM

Many people think of Canada as a landscape of forests, mountains, water and ice, but the Canadian experience is fast becoming focused on glass and concrete. Our 2011 census revealed that 81 per cent of us now live in cities. And despite taking up less land space, our...

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