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David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the <a href="http://www.davidsuzuki.org" target="_blank">David Suzuki Foundation</a>. 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.
Blog - David Suzuki September 19
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David Suzuki | The one flimsy argument climate change deniers have been holding onto -- that carbon dioxide will make plants grow faster and bigger -- has proven to be a poor one.
Blog - David Suzuki September 13
Image: Flickr/TAFE SA TONSLEY
David Suzuki | The Pan-Canadian Framework expresses optimism that we can reduce emissions while expanding the economy. But, as the Nature Climate Change study asserts, "green growth" is likely an oxymoron.
Blog - David Suzuki September 5
2007 Tabasco flood. Image: Flickr/Huitzil
David Suzuki | As climate disruption accelerates in concert with still-increasing greenhouse gas emissions, people are looking for ways to protect cities from events like flooding.
Blog - David Suzuki August 30
 Image: Flickr/Mike Mozart
David Suzuki | Although Exxon knew of and communicated internally about its product's climate impacts and the danger of it becoming a "stranded asset," it told the public a different story.
Blog - David Suzuki August 23
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David Suzuki | Rather than learning from Sun News's failure that racism and extremism are unpopular and anti-Canadian, Rebel founder Ezra Levant ramped up the bigoted and anti-environmental messaging.
Blog - David Suzuki August 16
Image: Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture
David Suzuki | Climate change doesn't necessarily start fires -- lightning, unattended campfires, carelessly tossed cigarette butts and sparks are major causes -- but it creates conditions for more and larger fires.
Blog - David Suzuki August 9
Rush hour. Photo: Giacomo Carena/flickr
David Suzuki | In North America, reducing the carbon footprint by using less energy -- especially fossil fuels -- is major, but so is changing food habits.
Blog - David Suzuki August 1
Image: Flickr/Garry Knight
David Suzuki | If government implements the recommendations, it would be the first time the right to a healthy environment has been recognized in Canadian federal law.
Blog - David Suzuki July 25
Pokémon Go at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, joining the fight to achieve a more sustainable world through UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Image: Facebook/UNFCCC​
David Suzuki | In Canada, a blueprint to implement the Sustainable Development Goals exists: the Leap Manifesto, supported by more than 46,000 individuals, communities and organizations.
Blog - David Suzuki July 18
person drinking through plastic straw.
David Suzuki | Ordering your drinks without straws is a small sacrifice but a big step to reducing the amount of plastic we produce and waste.
Blog - David Suzuki July 11
A bee and a butterfly. Image: Pixabay
David Suzuki, Jode Roberts | Pollinator pathway. Bumblebee highway. River of Flowers. Bee Line. These all describe habitat corridors created to help pollinators like bees and butterflies. We can add Butterflyways to the list.
Blog - David Suzuki July 4
 An Orca from lunging towards a salmon, just west of San Juan Island in Puget Sound. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Kevin Nichols
David Suzuki | Two of B.C.'s most iconic species, chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales, are in trouble. Orcas depend on the salmon to survive. It's time to manage chinook fisheries with orcas in mind.
Blog - David Suzuki June 28
Responders pulling a raft along a flooded street in Montreal, Quebec, 2017. Image: Flickr/Exile on Ontario St​
David Suzuki | Despite recent investments, Canada lags behind other G7 nations in flood preparation and climate change adaptation. It's time we recognize green infrastructure as central to flood-prevention efforts.
Blog - David Suzuki June 21
Rush Hour on the Dunsmuir Separated Bike Lane. Image: Flickr/Paul Krueger
David Suzuki | Bikes are easier than cars on infrastructure such as roads, help reduce health care costs and can alleviate poverty as people spend less on vehicle-related costs.
Blog - David Suzuki June 14
"If the climate were a bank, it would be saved," protest sign from the Women's March. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mark Dixon
David Suzuki | If there's a bright side to Trump's decision, it's that climate change has received more serious media coverage than ever before, and people around the world have agreed to increase their efforts.
Blog - David Suzuki June 7
whales after a storm
David Suzuki | That we're still discovering new wonders in the oceans is more reason to protect them. In early 2016, about three per cent of oceans had formal protection, up from one per cent five years ago.
Blog - David Suzuki May 30
Skyline Hikers. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Alex Vanderstuyf
David Suzuki | Getting outside, especially with the children in your life, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and friends, and the planet.
Blog - David Suzuki May 24
David Suzuki | It's one thing to argue over solutions, but to reject the need for them is suicidal. To claim people can't talk about climate change because they use fossil fuel-derived products is nonsensical.
Blog - David Suzuki May 17
Image: Flickr/Fibonacci Blue
David Suzuki | If more people truly understood the enormity of the climate crisis, we'd be engaged in an all-out effort, comparable to those undertaken during world wars, to reduce the threat.
Blog - David Suzuki May 10
8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest
David Suzuki | We work the same hours as 20th century labourers, depleting Earth's resources to produce more goods that we keep working to buy, use and replace in a seemingly endless consumer cycle.
Blog - David Suzuki May 3
Image: Flickr/Province of British Columbia
David Suzuki | Beyond existing commitments to reduce methane emissions by 45 per cent, governments must work to eliminate them from this sector by 2030, with strong regulations, monitoring and oversight.
Blog - David Suzuki April 26
Image: Vimeo/Mike Odin's Alaska Adventures
David Suzuki | Grizzlies face growing threats across their North American range, from trophy hunting to habitat destruction, declines in food sources like salmon and whitebark pine nuts, and climate change impacts.
Blog - David Suzuki April 19
"Science is golden" protest sign.
David Suzuki | Of all the many solutions to global warming and other environmental problems, none is as powerful as people getting together to demand change.
Blog - David Suzuki April 12
An NHGRI researcher uses a pipette to remove DNA from a micro test tube
David Suzuki | Combining crowd-sourced scientific data, public policy reform and consumer activism could work in areas such as testing for antibiotics, pesticide and mercury residues and more.
Blog - David Suzuki April 5
Fish kill
David Suzuki | Protected areas are one aspect of keeping coastal ecosystems healthy. Responsible stewardship also requires effective fisheries management, strong penalties for polluters and emissions reductions.
Blog - David Suzuki March 29
Clean Energy March in Philadelphia on July 24, 2016.
David Suzuki | Science offers great tools for understanding and innovating. We owe it to ourselves to at least understand how science acquires and integrates knowledge and what that means.
Blog - David Suzuki March 22
"I don't believe in Global Warming" on a wall. Climate change denial by Banksy
David Suzuki | In this "post-truth" era of infinite information, it's difficult to get a good grasp on many subjects, let alone one as complex and massive as global warming.
Blog - David Suzuki March 15
  David Suzuki tests the green waters of the Hart River.
David Suzuki | On March 22, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Peel watershed case. A positive ruling could not only protect the Peel, but also the rights of First Nations in future land-use planning.
Blog - David Suzuki March 8
David Suzuki | What kind of "eminent scientists" would sign something claiming carbon dioxide "is not a pollutant but a major benefit to agriculture and other life on Earth"?
Blog - David Suzuki February 28
David Suzuki | Making America -- or any place -- great doesn’t mean embracing 18th century technology in the 21st.

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