Major health study shows benefits of combatting climate change

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 14, 2018 2:20 pm

(Photo: Jes via Flickr) During the holiday season, people often drink toasts to health. There’s something more we can do to ensure that we and others will enjoy good health now and into the future: combat climate change. “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, and tackling it could be our greatest health opportunity …

Politicians who deny reality aren’t fit to lead

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 6, 2018 2:13 pm

(Photo: The White House via Flickr) When faced with conclusive evidence of a major threat to citizens, a true leader would do everything possible to confront it. So, what was the U.S. president’s reaction to a U.S. scientific report compiled by more than 300 scientists and endorsed by a dozen different agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the defence …

Decades of denial and stalling have created a climate crunch

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 30, 2018 2:10 pm

(Photo: Thomas Hafeneth via Unsplash) In a 1965 speech to members, American Petroleum Institute president Frank Ikard outlined the findings of a report by then-president Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee, based in part on research the institute conducted in the 1950s. “The substance of the report is that there is still time to save the wo …

Ocean study criticism shows benefits of scientific method

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 22, 2018 2:05 pm

Errors in a recent ocean warming study illustrate global warming’s complexity. Criticism of the study led to greater understanding and strengthening of the methodology and analysis. (Photo: Yannis Papanastasopoulos via Unsplash) Errors in a recent ocean warming study illustrate global warming’s complexity. They also show the depths to which climate …

Tackling climate change requires healing the divide

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 16, 2018 2:02 pm

Cities are responsible for 70 per cent of global emissions. However, they can move climate action forward across four key areas: energy supply, buildings, mobility and waste. (Photo: Joshua Rawson-Harris via Unsplash) Canadian climate change opinion is polarized, and research shows the divide is widening. The greatest predictor of people’s outlook …

Human behaviour is at the root of orca plight

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 8, 2018 1:55 pm

The southern resident killer whale (orca) population has dropped by 25 per cent in two decades. Just 74 remain. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries West Coast via Flickr) News about orca mother Tahlequah carrying her dead newborn for 17 days through the Salish Sea this summer was heartbreaking, and rightfully captured the world’s attention. It highlighted the p …

Economists’ Nobel puts spotlight on climate solutions

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: November 1, 2018 1:45 pm

Paul Romer is one of two recipients of the 2018 Nobel Prize in economics. Romer argues that policies that foster education and innovation and encourage firms to develop new ideas can spur novel solutions to challenges such as climate change. (Photo: World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr) As the U.S. administration denies or downplays climate scien …

Are governments giving up on global warming?

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 25, 2018 1:45 pm

(Photo: 2017 Canada Summer Games via Flickr) The U.S. president may think global warming is a hoax perpetrated by China, but his administration has concluded Earth’s average temperature will rise 4 C over pre-industrial levels by 2100 if we fail to address the causes. Overwhelming scientific evidence concludes that such a rise would be catastrophic …

Will the world act on climate change before it’s too late?

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 18, 2018 1:45 pm

(Photo: Witch Kiki via Unsplash) When our children and grandchildren and those of us still here in 20 years look back to this time, will we say it was when the world finally got serious about the climate crisis? Or will we mark a tragic time when political and business leaders prioritized short-term economic gain over the future of humanity? Listen …

Protecting the complex web of life should be the priority

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: October 11, 2018 1:52 pm

Caribou safeguard less-studied species with which it shares habitat. Under a “priority threat management” assessment model, an endangered species we think is too costly to save could also be an ecosystem linchpin. News that Environment and Climate Change Canada is considering “priority threat management” to assess endangered species is troubling. T …