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A global consciousness shift

A global consciousness shift

Aug 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War. That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It’s often the way. That’s why historians are important; they put events in...

Hope and happiness

Hope and happiness

Jul 2, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki •  Reading the news, it’s hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety and security. To this, we add the looming environmental threats of...

Citizen science a major revolution

Citizen science a major revolution

Jun 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki One of this year’s most popular Sundance Film Festival entries, Tangerine, was shot with an iPhone 5S and edited with an $8 app called Filmic Pro. New technology has also made music easier to produce and distribute, inspiring independent musicians. Science, too, is now in the hands of citizens around the world. From the...

China’s pollution a toxic lesson to all

China’s pollution a toxic lesson to all

May 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki Beijing’s 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for...

It’s time to end the grizzly trophy hunt

It’s time to end the grizzly trophy hunt

Apr 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The spring grizzly kill starts April 1 and extends for several weeks, followed by a second fall season. By year’s end, several hundred will have died at the hands of humans, close to 90% shot by trophy hunters, many of them foreign licence holders as the BC government plans to enact new regulations to allow hunters from...

Home radon test could be a lifesaver

Home radon test could be a lifesaver

Mar 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki   • In late January, the BC Lung Association released results of Canada’s largest-ever, community-wide home radon testing project, conducted in Castlegar and Prince George, two of BC’s radon hot spots. In more than half the Castlegar homes tested, and one-third in Prince George, radon concentrations exceeded Health...

Earth warmer as oil price drops

Earth warmer as oil price drops

Feb 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • With oil prices having plunged from more than $100 a barrel last summer to below $50 recently, the consequences of a petro-fuelled economy are hitting home – especially in Alberta where experts forecast a recession. The province’s projected budget surplus has turned into a $500-million deficit on top of a $12-billion...

Wind power’s come a long way

Wind power’s come a long way

Jan 1, 2015

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife....

Environmental rights

Environmental rights

Dec 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada’s highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced “An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights” in Parliament. If it’s passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect...

Canada’s fantastic failure

Canada’s fantastic failure

Nov 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Canadians expect to have our environment protected and to know how it’s being protected. A report from Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development shows we’re being short-changed. “In many key areas that we looked at, it is not clear how the government intends to address the significant...