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Indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival

December 8, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Science Projects Manager Rachel Plotkin.

When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements. This gives them a rough idea of where herds are and where they travel, but it doesn't tell them much about a caribou population's history — travel routes before their habitat was degraded or historical feeding, breeding and calving spots.

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Reconciliation requires recognizing rights-based fishing

December 1, 2016 | Leave a comment
Photo: Reconciliation requires recognizing rights-based fishing

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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation senior communications specialist Theresa Beer.

Fishing is as emblematic to Canada as ice hockey. It's also a way of life with a long tradition in coastal Indigenous communities. But since European contact, it's been all but eliminated as an economic development opportunity for them.

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Better discourse for a kinder world

November 24, 2016 | 1 comment
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

The U.S. election was a chilling illustration of the atrocious state of public discourse. It doesn't bode well for a country once admired for leadership in education and science.

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Hard work and love trump fear and hate

November 17, 2016 | 5 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Now what? Many people in the United States and around the world are dismayed that a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world's most powerful nation. His party controls the House and Senate, meaning pro-fossil-fuel, anti-climate-action representatives who reject overwhelming and alarming scientific evidence will hold the reins. It will be a government firmly in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry. But global warming isn't going to pause for four years. It's going to accelerate. Do we give up?

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Extinction crisis signals that it's time to change course

November 10, 2016 | 2 comments
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By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Clean air, water and soil to grow food are necessities of life. So are diverse plant and animal populations. But as the human population continues to increase, animal numbers are falling. There's a strong correlation. A comprehensive report from the World Wildlife Federation and the Zoological Society of London found that wild animal populations dropped by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012, and will likely reach a 67 per cent drop by 2020 if nothing is done to prevent the decline.

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