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Canadian cities need repair

Canadian cities need repair

Apr 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • 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/distribution systems, subways and other public transit. About $1 billion is dedicated to smaller communities, but most of the...

Peter Seeger the activist

Peter Seeger the activist

Mar 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A man with a banjo can be a powerful force for good. Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs ranging from Where Have All the Flowers Gone? to Sailing Down My Golden River. From the late 1930s until his death, Seeger brought his music to union...

Out of darkness into the light

Out of darkness into the light

Feb 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Nelson Mandela, who died in December at age 95, was sentenced to life in prison in 1962 because he fought for justice, equality and democracy. He was finally released 27 years later, in 1990. South Africa’s racist apartheid system fell and Mandela served as president from 1994 to 1999. The tributes after his death...

Let’s raise the bar for 2014

Let’s raise the bar for 2014

Jan 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • It was a strange year. From the never-ending carnival of calamity at Toronto City Hall to the scandalous subterfuge on Parliament Hill, from horrific attacks by the Syrian government on its own citizenry to disasters inflicted by extreme weather on the people of the Philippines, 2013 recalls Queen Elizabeth’s description of...

Getting dirty may be healthy

Getting dirty may be healthy

Dec 1, 2013

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • For much of human history, we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved, we became increasingly urbanized and most of us now live in cities. As we’ve moved away from nature, we’ve seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing. The current rate of loss is perhaps as high as 10,000...

Fukushima and fish

Fukushima and fish

Nov 1, 2013

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Following Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, fear spread about risks of leaked radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant… Shunichi Tanaka, head of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, told reporters radioactive water has likely been leaking into the Pacific Ocean since the disaster hit....

Burning trash is a waste of energy

Burning trash is a waste of energy

Oct 1, 2013

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Many urban areas have built or are considering building waste-incineration facilities to generate energy. At first glance, it seems like a win-win. You get rid of “garbage” and acquire a new energy source with fuel that’s almost free. But it’s a problematic solution and a complicated issue. Metro Vancouver has a...

Cigarette litter – no ifs, ands or butts!

Cigarette litter – no ifs, ands or butts!

Sep 1, 2013

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Not long ago, dining out, going for a drink, working in an office, riding an airplane or intercity bus and going to a movie meant being subjected to second-hand smoke. Cigarette smoking was a fact of life and smokers were everywhere – indoors and out. In many countries, including Canada, that’s changed. But it...

Natural flood prevention

Natural flood prevention

Aug 1, 2013

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • The severe floods in Alberta used to be referred to as “once in a generation” or “once in a century.” As recent floods in Europe and India are added to the list, that’s scaled up to “once in a decade.” Scientists and insurance executives alike predict extreme weather events will increase in intensity and...

Great cities have great public transit

Great cities have great public transit

Jul 1, 2013

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • What makes a city great? New York City is world class and not just because it’s a driver of global finance and a hotbed of cultural innovation; it’s also known for its green spaces, like Central Park and the award-winning High Line. San Francisco is celebrated for its narrow streets, compact lots and historic...