David Suzuki

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

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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Nature Offers Solutions to Water Woes and Flood Risks
When the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlán in 1325, they built it on a large island on Lake Texcoco. Its eventual 200,000-plus inhabitants relied on canals, levees, dikes, floating gardens, aqueducts and bridges for defense, transportation, flood control, drinking water and food. After the Spaniards...
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Friday, August 25, 2017
When Times Get Dark, We Must Shine Brighter
Are we entering a new Dark Age? Lately it seems so. News reports are enough to make anyone want to crawl into bed and hide under the covers. But it's time to rise and shine. To resolve the crises humanity faces, good people must come together. It's one lesson from Charlottesville, Virginia . It...
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Saturday, January 14, 2017
We Can Learn So Much From Nature
If you fly over a forest and look down, you'll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun's beneficence!...
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Tread Lightly to Lift the Weight of the World
How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That's how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England's University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The Planet's Most Dangerous Predator Is Us
Humans are the world's top predator. The way we fulfill this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the process governments use to kill carnivores like wolves , coyotes and cougars to stop them from hunting threatened species...
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Sunday, July 10, 2016
How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change
Feeding more than 7 billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Cleaning Up Mercury a Must in Grassy Narrows
Biologist Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962. The book — about widespread agricultural pesticide use and how toxic chemicals like DDT were threatening insects, birds and other wildlife — garnered widespread acclaim and is heralded as a catalyst for the modern environmental movement...
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
If Paris Changed Everything, Why Are We Still Talking Pipelines?
With the December Paris climate agreement , leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued to increase fossil fuel use, the need to curb and reduce emissions is urgent. In light of this, I don...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Healing Humanity's Grief In The Face Of Climate Change
The tragedy we’re witnessing in so many places around the world is heartbreaking. Responses on the ground and in the media to events in Paris, Beirut, Syria, and elsewhere have ranged from inspiring to chilling. Too often, people express fear and distress as anger, suspicion, and scapegoating. For...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another
This text is an abridged version of a declaration launched in Toronto on Tuesday and first published in the Globe and Mail. The writing of The Leap Manifesto was initiated in the spring of 2015 at a two-day meeting in Toronto attended by representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and...
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