David Suzuki

David Suzuki is a well-known Canadian scientist, broadcaster and environmental activist.

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Friday, July 17, 2015
The Climate Crisis Is Starting to Create a Global Consciousness Shift
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...
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Welcome to an Extreme, Warming World
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 rain, rivers,...
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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy
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 further by envisioning...
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Friday, May 15, 2015
‘People Have the Power to Bring About Change’
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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Sunday, May 03, 2015
Saving the Monarch Butterfly
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...
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Oiling the Machinery of Climate Change Denial and Transit Opposition
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...
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Young People Have the Power to Rally Others to Create Positive Change
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 years later, Severn is the mother of two young...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
'Keen Observers of the Natural World' Wanted
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...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere
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...
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Personal attacks are common among deniers. Their lies are continually debunked, leaving them with no rational challenge to overwhelming scientific evidence that the world is warming and that humans are largely responsible. (Photo credit: Shutterstock via EcoWatch) Views
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Global Warming Deniers Become More Desperate By the Day
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...
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