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The new language of climate change

Science Matters | July 2, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

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 a fossil fuel-free future.

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Metro Vancouver's No result doesn't stop push for transit

Photo: Metro Vancouver's No result doesn't stop push for transit

(Credit: Reva G via Flickr)

By Steve Kux, Climate & Clean Energy Communications & Research Specialist

The Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite results are in. Although people in Metro Vancouver voted against a small tax increase for transit and transportation improvements, we can all take away some positive lessons from the campaign.

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Chiropractic college plays outside for 30x30 workplace challenge

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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College staff doing some tai-chi over lunch.

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

This year, employees in more than 800 workplaces participated in the 30×30 Nature Challenge throughout the month of May. They spent 30 minutes outside every day, and posted photos of colleagues connecting with nature using the #natureiscalling hashtag and tagging @DavidSuzukiFDN.

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Liberals announce environmental platform

Photo: Liberals announce environmental platform

(Credit: Sean Connors via Flickr)

By Steve Kux, Climate & Clean Energy Communications & Research Specialist

The Liberal Party of Canada announced its environmental platform for the October federal election at a news conference in Vancouver on June 29. In formally announcing their environmental plans, the Liberals have set the bar for all other political parties in the coming months. The promises made the Liberals are outlined in detail at www.realchange.ca.

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Ode to a tree named Jessica

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Primary students at Nova Scotia’s Wentworth Consolidated Elementary School with their tree, Jessica.

By Aryne Sheppard, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

This year's 30×30 Nature Challenge reached more than 700 Canadian classrooms from coast to coast to coast. In addition to their 30 days of outdoor activities, classes were asked to adopt a tree in their schoolyards and submit photos and stories to the Foundation. We received dozens of touching tree stories — it seemed impossible to pick just one!

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How to make a bee bath

Queen of Green | June 25, 2015 | Leave a comment
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A shallow plate, rocks and water is all you need. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

We all know that bees are busy. So it makes sense that they get thirsty!

But have you ever witnessed a bee watering hole? Now you can make one.

Fact is, bees are crash landers (like those other beneficial insects, ladybugs). Open water, like a creek or pond (even a bird bath) means bees risk drowning or being caught by predators — you've seen fish jumping out of water to catch yummy insects, right?

Prevent bee drowningsmake a bee bath! These three simple steps use ingredients already in your home. Your creation will also combat pests like aphids, because ladybugs that stop by for a sip will eat 'em!

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Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises

Science Matters | June 25, 2015 | 2 comments
Photo: Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises

(Image credit: Kris Krug via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Earth has existed for 4.5 billion years, humans for somewhere around 150,000. But in my brief lifetime — less than 80 years — human populations have exploded exponentially, from two billion to more than seven billion. In that short time, we've created consumer societies and decimated the planet's natural systems, used up resources, filled oceans with plastic and pollution, altered water cycles, and upset the Earth's carbon cycle, disrupting global climate systems.

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