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Canada's cities lead on climate action

July 24, 2014 | Leave a 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
Photo: Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

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

(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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Here's to a radical Canada Day!

June 26, 2014 | 4 comments
Photo: Here's to a radical Canada Day!

Canada is nature. And nature is life. We know this. (Credit: dr_tr)

By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington, Senior Editor

Oh, Canada, what will become of you?

Although I'm proudly Canadian, my early memories are mixed. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, our government unfairly deprived my family of citizenship rights and exiled us to the B.C. Interior, even though we were born and raised here. But my love of nature flourished during that time in the spectacular Slocan Valley.

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