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We can all be 21st-century scientists

November 20, 2014 | 2 comments
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This winter, you can volunteer for NatureWatch's IceWatch and join others in contributing to the scientific understanding of global warming.

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science and Policy Director Mara Kerry.

Our ancestors may not have called themselves "citizen scientists" or organized to collect data for scientific inquiry, but they were keen observers of the natural world. Their survival often depended on being able to tease apart nature's complexity — where to find game and when to sow seeds, collect berries and prepare for winter or bad weather.

But our modern, technology-obsessed lives increasingly divorce us from nature, with consequences for our health and well-being. Numerous studies now remind us of what we know intuitively: Spending time in nature makes us feel better — helping with depression, attention deficit disorder, recall and memory, problem-solving and creativity. People who spend more time outside are also physically healthier.

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IPCC report is clear: We must clean up our act

November 13, 2014 | 1 comment
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Germany, the world's fourth-largest economy, now gets a third of its energy from renewable sources, and has reduced carbon emissions 23 per cent from 1990 levels and created 370,000 jobs. (Credit: David via Flickr)

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

It's become a cliché to say that out of crisis comes opportunity. But there's no denying that when faced with crises, we have choices. The opportunity depends on what we decide to do.

What choices will we make when confronted with the fact that 2014 will likely be the hottest year on record? According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global land and sea temperatures up to September's end tie this year with 1998 as the warmest since record keeping began in 1880. "If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest year on record," a NOAA statement says.

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The movement for environmental rights is building

November 6, 2014 | 1 comment
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More than 1,000 drinking-water advisories are in effect in Canada at any time, many of them in First Nations communities. (Credit: Toban B via Flickr)

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

The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada's highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced "An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights" in Parliament. If it's passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect Canadians' right to live in a healthy environment.

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

October 30, 2014 | 1 comment
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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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Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment

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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