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China's disastrous pollution problem is a lesson for all

April 16, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Beijing's 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for more elaborate, filtered respirators. Cancer has become the leading cause of death in the city and throughout the country.

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Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

April 9, 2015 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Brothers Charles and David Koch run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., behind Cargill. They've given close to US$70 million to climate change denial front groups, some of which they helped start, including Americans for Prosperity, founded by David Koch and a major force behind the Tea Party movement.

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Water is life; we can't afford to waste it

April 2, 2015 | 4 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

How long can you go without water? You could probably survive a few weeks without water for cooking. If you stopped washing, the threat to your life might only come from people who can't stand the smell. But most people won't live for more than three days without water to drink. It makes sense: our bodies are about 65 per cent water.

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Who says a better world is impossible?

March 26, 2015 | 2 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation's Senior Editor Ian Hanington

Cars, air travel, space exploration, television, nuclear power, high-speed computers, telephones, organ transplants, prosthetic body parts... At various times these were all deemed impossible. I've been around long enough to have witnessed many technological feats that were once unimaginable. Even 10 or 20 years ago, I would never have guessed people would carry supercomputers in their pockets — your smart phone is more powerful than all the computers NASA used to put astronauts on the moon in 1969 combined!

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Transit funding will drive Canadian cities into the future

March 19, 2015 | 4 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Climate and Clean Energy Communications and Research Specialist Steve Kux

Many people think of Canada as a landscape of forests, mountains, water and ice, but the Canadian experience is fast becoming focused on glass and concrete. Our 2011 census revealed that 81 per cent of us now live in cities. And despite taking up less land space, our environmental impact continues to grow. As the UN notes, cities cover only two per cent of the world's land area but produce 60 per cent of CO2 emissions — including a significant proportion from urban transportation, as people commute to school and work on increasingly crowded roads and transit networks.

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