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Oil and plastic are choking the planet

May 25, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: Oil and plastic are choking the planet

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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet's life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we're doing to the biosphere — from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans — some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.

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Increased awareness is key to resolving the climate crisis

May 18, 2017 | 1 comment
Photo: Increased awareness is key to resolving the climate crisis

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Most people understand that human-caused climate change is a real and serious threat. True, some still reject the mountains of evidence amassed by scientists from around the world over many decades, and accepted by every legitimate scientific academy and institution. But as the physical evidence builds daily — from increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events like droughts and floods to disappearing polar ice to rising sea levels — it takes an incredible amount of denial to claim we have no reason to worry.

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Long work hours don't work for people or the planet

May 11, 2017 | 3 comments
Photo: Long work hours don't work for people or the planet

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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees' workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It's something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

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Research sheds light on dark corner of B.C.'s oil and gas industry

May 4, 2017 | 1 comment
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Infrared image of potent methane emissions from gas compressor station.

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

We've long known extracting oil and gas comes with negative consequences, and rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increases the problems and adds new ones — excessive water use and contamination, earthquakes, destruction of habitat and agricultural lands and methane emissions among them.

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The grisly truth about B.C.'s grizzly trophy hunt

April 27, 2017 | 3 comments
Photo: The grisly truth about B.C.'s grizzly trophy hunt

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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Ontario and Northern Canada Director General Faisal Moola.

Grizzly bears venturing from dens in search of food this spring will face landscapes dominated by mines, roads, pipelines, clearcuts and ever-expanding towns and cities. As in years past, they'll also face the possibility of painful death at the hands of trophy hunters.

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