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Mount Polley: A wake-up call for Canada's mining industry

August 28, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: Left, Jeffrey Young. Right, Austin Baker.)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Specialist Jodi Stark.

When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here.

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Leaders must put people before politics

August 21, 2014 | 6 comments
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(Credit: Intiaz Rahim via Flickr)

By David Suzuki

When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the latest Dow Jones average — to our children and grandchildren.

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Nanoparticles: Panacea or Pandora's box?

August 14, 2014 | 2 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Nanoparticles can be used to deliver vaccines, treat tumours, clean up oil spills, preserve food, protect skin from sun and kill bacteria. They're so useful for purifying, thickening, colouring and keeping food fresh that they're added to more products every year, with the nanofoods market projected to reach US$20.4 billion by 2020. Nanoparticles are the new scientific miracle that will make our lives better! Some people say they'll usher in the next industrial revolution.

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Global warming deniers get more desperate by the day

August 7, 2014 | 4 comments
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It's time to shift attention from those who sow doubt and confusion, either out of ignorance or misanthropic greed, to those who want to address a real, serious problem. (Credit: Banksy via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Manager Ian Hanington.

The Heartland Institute's recent International Climate Change Conference in Las Vegas illustrates climate change deniers' desperate confusion. As Bloomberg News noted, "Heartland's strategy seemed to be to throw many theories at the wall and see what stuck." A who's who of fossil fuel industry supporters and anti-science shills variously argued that global warming is a myth; that it's happening but natural — a result of the sun or "Pacific Decadal Oscillation"; that it's happening but we shouldn't worry about it; or that global cooling is the real problem.

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The Blue Dot Tour: It's about all of us

July 31, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

A now-famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as "the blue marble". The late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a "pale blue dot".

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