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Is climate change affecting my property insurance?

Climate & Clean Energy | October 31, 2014 | Posted in | Leave a comment

By Ryan Kadowaki, Science and Policy Specialist

Nobody gets excited about paying property insurance. But anyone who has invested in a home or business understands the importance of protecting it. Insurance provides peace of mind against unforeseen events, so anything that undermines the availability of affordable insurance is cause for concern. It turns out that climate change is doing just that.

Insurance markets depend on reliable and predictable information, and climate change is throwing a wrench into this predictability. Insurers need to set rates to cover claimed losses and make a profit. Rates must be affordable so enough people purchase insurance policies, or the system will fail. Climate change contributes to more intense extreme weather events, such as storms and floods, prolonged droughts and wildfires. Insurers have lost confidence that they can pay for losses now that "once in a hundred years" events are happening more frequently. Insurers are raising premiums to protect themselves, and insurance rates are increasing and becoming unaffordable for many.

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More bad news for bees: The new "F" word

Science Matters | October 30, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Rakib Hasan Sumon via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Specialist Jode Roberts.

Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new "F" word is bad news for bees.

Flupyradifurone is an insect-killing systemic pesticide similar to the controversial neonicotinoid, or neonic, family of bee-killing chemicals. When applied to seeds or soil, it's absorbed by plant roots and travels to leaves, flowers, pollen and nectar, making the plant potentially toxic to insects.

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Let's not gamble with the future of Canada's bluefin tuna

Healthy Oceans | October 28, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: OCEANA/Keith Ellenbogen)

By Scott Wallace, Senior Research Scientist, David Suzuki Foundation

Canada is lucky to have a seasonal migration of one of the largest and fastest fishes in the ocean: the Atlantic bluefin tuna. Bluefin tuna can grow to up to 680 kilograms and reach three metres in length, roughly the size of a compact car, and have no natural predators. They can also swim as fast as 60 kilometres per hour and dive to depths of more than 1,000 metres to catch prey. Atlantic bluefin tuna from western populations travel from spawning grounds in the Gulf of Mexico every summer and fall to Canada's East Coast to feed on mackerel, herring and squid.

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How you make big companies listen

Queen of Green | October 27, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Companies aren`t required to itemize specific fragrance ingredients, not even known allergens. But with your help we brought this message to the government and companies. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

I'm no doctor. But people often ask me, "What cream should I use or make for my rash?"

My advice: Stop using scented laundry soap, dryer sheets, lotions and home cleaners!

You already know scents can make you sick. Many of you have helped the David Suzuki Foundation combat potential allergens like "fragrance" and "parfum" (and other undesirables in household cleaners and cosmetics).

Over the years, we asked you to:

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Those damned Fraser sockeye

Healthy Oceans | October 25, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By Jeffery Young, Science and Policy Analyst

The Onion recently posted a satirical article titled "50 Years Of Climate Change, Habitat Loss Somehow Unable To Take Down Goddamned Parrotfish," a humorous account of how a species has managed to persist through a plethora of human-induced impacts.

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What Mount Polley can teach us about the Red Chris mine

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Kluea and Todagin Lakes, immediately downstream of the proposed tailings facility of Imperial Metals Red Chris mine. (Credit: Carr Clifton)

By Wade Davis, Honorary Board Member

The highest levels of corporate integrity and responsibility should be the standard for any new mine in Canada, and especially for one with as much potential as Imperial Metals' Red Chris project, situated at the heart of the Sacred Headwaters in remote northwest British Columbia. Imperial Metals has acknowledged that all exploration, regulatory and construction costs will be reclaimed within two years of the mine's anticipated three decades of active production.

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Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment

Science Matters | October 23, 2014 | 4 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

What's the fastest-growing sector in Canada's economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we're no longer just "hewers of wood and drawers of water" — or drillers of oil, frackers of gas and miners of coal.

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