David Suzuki

David Suzuki

David Suzuki , an award-winning geneticist and broadcaster, co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990. He was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, and is currently professor emeritus. Suzuki is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology and has received numerous awards for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science and a United Nations Environment Program medal.

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"Plastics don’t decompose like organic substances," write the authors, "Instead, they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, much of which ends up in oceans, where it is consumed by marine life and birds. (Photo: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 04, 2020
We Are Living in a Plastic World
Almost every product and material we refer to as “plastic” is made from fossil fuels. Most of it hasn’t been around for long—a little over 70 years for the most common products. North American grocery stores didn’t start offering plastic bags until the late 1970s. Over that short time, plastics...
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cleanup effort at the site of the TVA coal ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant Views
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Coal Power Should Be Relegated to the Ash Heap of History
During and after his 2016 campaign, the current U.S. president promised to make coal great again . He also claimed climate change was a hoax, so it's no surprise that he'd promote a cheap, outdated, polluting, climate-altering fuel even as cleaner alternatives continued to become more efficient and...
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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Multiple Crises Signal the Need to Change Course
The virus spreading Covid-19 worldwide jumped from non-human animals to people — as have most new diseases, from AIDS to SARS to Ebola. We may not know the precise origin of this particular coronavirus, but we understand the factors behind its spread to humans. And we've seen the devastation a tiny...
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Saturday, April 04, 2020
Let's Come Together in These Physically Distancing Times
These are difficult times, especially for people who lack safe shelter, food and other necessities — and for those on the front lines. Even though we must maintain physical distance, we need to come together more than ever. As bad as things are, and could get, compassion and wisdom will ensure that...
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Sunday, December 01, 2019
Failure to Address Climate Crisis Puts Children at Risk
On Nov. 12, Veneto, Italy's regional council was debating climate policy in its Venice offices. Minutes after a majority voted against budget amendments to address climate disruption, the chambers were inundated with water . Venice is known for flooding, but it's getting worse, and the timing in...
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For some species, climate impacts are not as direct but all living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems (Photo: Jenny Lee Silver via Flickr) Views
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Connecting the Dots Between the Climate and Biodiversity Crises
For other species, climate impacts are not as direct. The 2019 State of Canada’s Birds report found aerial insectivores like swifts, swallows and nightjars have declined by 59 per cent since 1970. The report cites climate change as one of several threats, as severe weather limits insect...
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Industry and its allies say fracked gas is a climate solution. It’s not. (Photo: Moms Clean Air Force via Flickr) Views
Friday, September 06, 2019
Fracked Gas Heats the Planet, But Supporters Say It’s a Solution
To profit as much as possible from fossil fuels before markets fall under the weight of climate chaos and better alternatives, industry and its allies tell us fracked gas is a climate solution. It’s not. A new study shows it’s as bad as or worse for the climate than other fossil fuels. Cornell...
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Submerged graffiti reads: I don't believe in global warming. Views
Monday, August 12, 2019
Deniers Deflated as Climate Reality Hits Home
Climate science deniers are becoming desperate as their numbers diminish in the face of incontrovertible evidence that human-caused global warming is putting our future at risk. Although most people with basic education, common sense and a lack of financial interest in the fossil fuel industry...
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The Ferry Building is seen as crowds march up Market Street during the "Rise For Climate" global action on September 8, 2018 in downtown San Francisco, California. - "Rise For Climate" is a global day of action demanding real climate solutions from local leaders. (Photo by Amy Osborne / AFP) Views
Friday, July 05, 2019
Yes, We Can Resolve the Climate Crisis
There’s no shortage of solutions to the climate crisis. Rapidly developing clean-energy technology, reducing energy consumption and waste, increasing efficiency, reforming agricultural practices and protecting and restoring forests and wetlands all put us on a path to cleaner air, water and soil,...
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A firefighter walks near a pool as a neighboring home burns in the Napa wine region in California. Views
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Climate Change and Biodiversity Should Be Top Headline News
When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report in October warning of how quickly we're advancing toward irreversible climate chaos, it led the news—for a day. A massive study in May by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services...
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