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Facts and evidence matter in confronting climate crisis

March 23, 2017 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr)

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

We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other anti-environmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.

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Intact wilderness is a hedge against our ignorance

March 16, 2017 | 1 comment
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David Suzuki above the Hart River, Yukon (Credit: www.protectpeel.ca)

By David Suzuki

In 2011, I travelled with my family down Yukon's Hart River. It's one of seven pure rivers in the Peel River watershed, a 68,000-square-kilometre wilderness that's been at the centre of a legal dispute for many years and a land-use planning debate for more than a decade. For two weeks, we fished from the river's vibrant green waters and gazed at the limestone and dolostone peaks of the Ogilvie Mountains.

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Faulty logic fuels fossil fools

March 9, 2017 | 1 comment
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Banksy art, Regent's Canal, London (Photo credit: Magnus D via Flickr)

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

Apparently, fossil fuel companies protect watersheds and rivers by removing oil. That's according to comments on the David Suzuki Foundation Facebook page and elsewhere, including this: "The amount of contamination occuring [sic] from extraction is far less than if we just left the oil there to continue polluting the waterways."

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Greatness comes from moving forward, not backward

March 2, 2017 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

The battle lines are drawn — in some cases literally. On one side are those reaping massive profits from fossil fuels, determined to extract and sell as much as possible before the market dries up. On the other are those who see the amazing potential of energy conservation, renewable energy and other innovations to reduce pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, ecosystem destruction and exploitation of valuable non-renewable resources.

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Marvelous monarchs move Minister McKenna

February 23, 2017 | 1 comment
Photo: Marvelous monarchs move Minister McKenna

(Credit: Natasha MIlisevic)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation communications strategist Jode Roberts.

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees in mind-bogglingly dense clusters, surprisingly well-camouflaged for such colourful critters. She then wrote a heartfelt article calling on people in Canada to act before monarchs go the way of passenger pigeons and buffalo.

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