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South Australia sets an example for the country and the world

June 23, 2016 | Leave a comment
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Clements Gap Wind Farm in the South Australian countryside (Credit: David Clarke via Flickr).

By David Suzuki

First-time visitors to Australia are often drawn to the big city attractions of Sydney and Melbourne or the fabulous beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast. I’ve always had a soft spot for Adelaide in South Australia, a city built more on a human scale, where downtown can be easily navigated on bike, foot or tram. For me, Adelaide’s greatest attraction is a huge market right in the city’s centre.

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Feed-in tariffs help renewable energy grow

June 16, 2016 | 3 comments
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(Credit Chuck Coker via Flickr)

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

In the early 1990s, Germany launched Energiewende, or "energy revolution," a program "to combat climate change, avoid nuclear risks, improve energy security, and guarantee competitiveness and growth." Renewable energy grew from four per cent in 1990 to more than 27 per cent in 2014, including a significant increase in citizen-owned power projects, according to energy think tank Agora Energiewende.

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Oceans of reasons to protect what we love

June 9, 2016 | 1 comment
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(Credit: Richard Towell via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation senior communications specialist Theresa Beer.

June 8 marked World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth's surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which we have not yet even discovered.

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Grassy Narrows' fight for clean water is a struggle for environmental justice

June 2, 2016 | 1 comment
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Grassy Narrows youth (Credit Howl Arts Collective via Flickr).

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

Biologist Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was published in 1962. The book — about widespread agricultural pesticide use and how toxic chemicals like DDT were threatening insects, birds and other wildlife — garnered widespread acclaim and is heralded as a catalyst for the modern environmental movement.

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Feeding humanity in a warming world

May 26, 2016 | 4 comments
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(Credit Jan Buchholtz via Flickr).

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

Calculating farming's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is difficult, but experts agree that feeding the world's people has tremendous climate and environmental impacts. Estimates of global emissions from farms range widely. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts them at 24 per cent, including deforestation, making agriculture the second-largest emitter after heat and electricity.

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