David Suzuki

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

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Deniers Are All Over the Map; Climate Realists All Over the World
A little over a year ago, I wrote about a Heartland Institute conference in Las Vegas where climate change deniers engaged in a failed attempt to poke holes in the massive body of scientific evidence for human-caused climate change. I quoted Bloomberg News : “Heartland's strategy seemed to be to...
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Thursday, August 20, 2015
Canada’s Carbon Moment Has Arrived
As Canadians prepare to vote in an upcoming federal election, it’s time to reassess the country’s economic prospects, once touted as the strong suit of Stephen Harper’s government. For almost a decade, Canadians have been told massive expansion of Alberta’s oil sands would be the engine of economic...
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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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