Trump the climate pariah

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, US President Donald Trump demonstrated monumental ignorance about climate change and the agreement itself. … Read more

Work less and help the planet

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki In 1926, US automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. … Read more

Facts and evidence matter

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is … Read more

Food security – It’s important for humans and other animals

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SCIENCE MATTERS
by David Suzuki

As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the hearty soups and dishes that will warm our bellies.

Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy such thoughts. About four million Canadians – including more than a million children – lack food security, defined as reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. In Canada, people from low-income households and Indigenous communities are the most likely to suffer from food insecurity.

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The predator we need to control is us!

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SCIENCE MATTERS
by David Suzuki

• Humans are the world’s top predator. The way we fulfil this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the process governments use to kill carnivores like wolves, coyotes and cougars to stop them from hunting threatened species like caribou – even though human activity is the root cause of caribous’ decline.

Predation is an important natural function. But as the human population has grown, we’ve taken over management of ecosystems once based on mutually beneficial relationships that maintained natural balances. How are we – a “super predator” as the Raincoast Conservation Foundation dubs us – aligning with or verging from natural predation processes that shaped the world?

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