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Solar: A brilliant way to get energy

February 3, 2016 | 1 comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Except for nuclear and geothermal, all energy we use comes from the sun in one form or another. As sunlight reaches the Earth's surface, it powers heat transfers that move air and ocean currents, used for wind and tidal power. The sun evaporates water, contributing to the hydrologic cycle that fills reservoirs for hydroelectricity.

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Paris changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?

January 28, 2016 | 9 comments
Photo: Paris changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?
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By David Suzuki

With the December Paris climate agreement, leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued to increase fossil fuel use, the need to curb and reduce emissions is urgent.

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Environmental rights are human rights

January 21, 2016 | 3 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

My grandparents came here from Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Although it would be a one-way trip, the perilous journey across the Pacific was worth the risk. They left behind extreme poverty for a wealth of opportunity.

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We are the world; we must act on that understanding

January 14, 2016 | 2 comments
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By David Suzuki

The coming year looks bright with the promise of change after a difficult decade for environmentalists and our issues. But even with a new government that quickly moved to gender equity in cabinet, expanded the Ministry of the Environment to include climate change, and offered a bravura performance at the climate talks in Paris, can Canada's environmentalists close up shop and stop worrying?

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Our voices and actions bring hope for the year ahead

January 7, 2016 | 2 comments
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Edited Apollo 10 image of the Earth as seen from lunar orbit. (Credit: Stuart Rankin via Flickr)

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

Like any year, 2015 had its share of good and bad, tragedy and beauty, hope and despair. It's difficult not to get discouraged by events like the Syrian war and refugee crisis, violent outbreaks in Beirut, Paris, Burundi, the U.S. and so many other places, and the ongoing climate catastrophe.

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