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The Blue Dot Tour: It's about all of us

July 31, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

A now-famous 1972 photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17 astronauts from 45,000 kilometres away became known as "the blue marble". The late scientist Carl Sagan described a 1990 picture taken from six billion kilometres away by the unmanned Voyager 1 as a "pale blue dot".

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Canada's cities lead on climate action

July 24, 2014 | 1 comment
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Good transit and improved liveability have attracted people to Vancouver's increasingly vibrant downtown core, lush green spaces and seaside pathways. (Credit: Kenny Louie via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science and Policy Manager Ian Bruce.

Amid the dire warnings about global warming's impacts, what's often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it's not surprising that tangible positive action on climate change is happening in Canada's cities.

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Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

July 17, 2014 | 9 comments
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We can't afford to add the risk of radioactive contamination to one of the world's largest sources of fresh water. (Credit: Charles Dawley via Flickr)

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

Is dilution really the solution to pollution — especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is.

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Addressing global warming is an economic necessity

July 10, 2014 | Leave a comment
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One Risky Business author, former Clinton treasury secretary Robert Rubin, also warned about the economic risks of relying on "stranded assets" — resources that must stay in the ground if we are to avoid dangerous levels of climate change, including much of the bitumen in Canada's tar sands. (Credit: kris krüg via Flickr)

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

Those who don't outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can't or shouldn't do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently said, "No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country."

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It's time to save the bees and ban neonic pesticides

July 2, 2014 | 6 comments
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(Credit: Mike Warren via Flickr)

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

Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.

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