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Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?

April 10, 2014 | 2 comments
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There's no excuse to keep on destroying our home. If we are to observe Earth Day and Earth Month, let's make it a time to celebrate, not to despair.

By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington, Senior Editor

April is Earth Month, and April 22 Earth Day. We should really celebrate our small blue planet and all it provides every day, but recent events give us particular cause to reflect on our home and how we're treating it.

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Windmills are things of beauty

April 3, 2014 | 18 comments
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Some people think wind turbines are ugly. I think smokestacks, smog, acid rain, coal-fired power plants and climate change are ugly. I think windmills are beautiful. (Credit: John Marquis)

By David Suzuki

I have a cabin on Quadra Island off the British Columbia coast that's as close to my heart as you can imagine. From my porch you can see clear across the waters of Georgia Strait to the snowy peaks of the rugged Coast Mountains. It's one of the most beautiful views I have seen. And I would gladly share it with a wind farm.

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Citizen scientists can help monarch butterflies

March 27, 2014 | 1 comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

From the age of five, Fred Urquhart was fascinated by monarch butterflies in his Toronto neighbourhood. Born in 1911, he spent hours watching the orange and black insects flutter about, wondering: Where did they go in winter? At school, he read voraciously about nature, especially monarchs and other insects.

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We can't just geoengineer our way out of climate change

March 20, 2014 | 9 comments
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Because nature doesn't always behave the same in a lab, test tube or computer program as it does in the real world, scientists and engineers have come up with ideas that didn't turn out as expected. (Credit: Paul Bica via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington, Senior Editor

Because nature doesn't always behave the same in a lab, test tube or computer program as it does in the real world, scientists and engineers have come up with ideas that didn't turn out as expected.

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Canada's success depends on municipal infrastructure investments

March 13, 2014 | 3 comments
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Despite being a vast land of mountains, forests and ice, Canada is an urban nation. Over 80 per cent of us live in large centres like Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. (Credit: End User via Flickr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from Faisal Moola, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada

Canada's federal government recently announced $14 billion in new funding to help municipalities repair and replace aging infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, sewer lines, energy production and distribution systems, and subways and other public transit. About $1 billion is dedicated to smaller communities, but most of the funding will target urban areas, which makes sense.

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