Welcome to the Science and Learning Centre
Welcome to the David Suzuki Foundation’s free online library containing more than two decades’ worth of original science, research and policy work.
This library is a resource for scientists, researchers, journalists, students, activists and others. We hope it helps connect you with the work of our Science and Policy experts, advancing our collective knowledge of the environmental movement, the challenges we face and the solutions within our grasp.
Use the robust “Search” function above to browse reports, briefings and accompanying documents authored by our team and partners. You’ll find credible information on biodiversity, climate change, environmental rights, oceans and fresh water, and sustainable cities.
Our commitment to evidence-based information and analysis helps us promote progressive policy-making and public awareness of complex environmental issues. To uphold truly scientific principles, we commit to having our research and analyses peer-reviewed, delivering transparency and easy access to relevant information, and ensuring accuracy in our communications.
Managing Natural Assets to Increase Coastal Resilience, Gibsons, British Columbia
Communities all along Canada’s coasts are facing infrastructure challenges. The structures that people originally built to protect their settlements from storm surges are showing their age, especially as they try to protect against bigger and more frequent storms that climate change is causing.
The role and value of science in shark conservation advocacy
Findings suggest many environmental advocates are aware of key scientific results and use science-based arguments in their advocacy, but a small but vocal subset of advocates report that they never read the scientific literature or speak to scientists.
Policy Options for a Clean Electricity Standard in Canada
This technical report models two different scenarios for how a clean-electricity standard and intensified carbon pricing could be designed to enable Canada to achieve a net-zero GHG emissions electricity system by 2035 and sustain it at net-zero while the total system doubles in size by 2050 as fossil fuels are switched out for clean electricity.
Response to Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns
On reviewing the draft report of the Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns, the David Suzuki Foundation provided this communication addressing key errors and omissions in the draft report and reiterating key facts about the Foundation and its mission to help resolve the climate emergency.
Managing Natural Assets to Increase Coastal Resilience: Guidance Document for Municipalities
An increase in extreme weather events demands adaptable and resilient solutions to deliver services while containing costs. A logical extension of the asset management approach is the inclusion of “natural capital,” which complements the forward-thinking solutions of asset management plans.
Clearing the Air: Transportation, Land Use and Carbon Emissions in Metro Vancouver
Cities and regions like Metro Vancouver can change their built environments and use smart growth policies to reduce their carbon emissions. But how effective are these policies in reducing emissions from personal transportation when they occur alongside senior government policies promoting energy efficiency and fuel switching?
Recommandations pour renforcer le projet de loi C-28 visant à actualiser la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement
Le 13 avril 2021, le gouvernement fédéral a présenté le projet de loi C-28, proposant des modifications à la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l'environnement (LCPE). Cette loi fournit un cadre législatif permettant au gouvernement fédéral de prendre des mesures pour protéger l'environnement et la santé humaine contre la pollution et les substances toxiques, mais la loi n'a pas été modifiée de façon significative depuis plus de deux décennies.
Recommendations for strengthening Bill C-28, updating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
On April 13, 2021, the federal government introduced Bill C-28, proposed updates to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. CEPA provides the legislative framework for federal action to protect human health and the environment from pollution and toxics, but the law has not been significantly amended for more than two decades.
“Land governance: Towards a more just future” (webinar recording)
To help better understand the root causes of conflicts over land use and resource extraction in Canada, this webinar opens a conversation examining Indigenous sovereignty, jurisdiction and the concept of “land back.”
Framework for Community-Based Landscape Restoration: Scaling up Restoration Efforts in Blueberry River First Nations Territory
Restoring these relationships promotes cultural revitalization and ecosystem resiliency by strengthening connections between people and the environment.
Young adults and mobility: perceptions and aspirations
This new report reveals how the psychosocial factors of our attachment to the automobile influence the choices young people make today that will affect their transportation choices in the future.
New Mobility and Autonomous Vehicles: Impacts on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Metro Vancouver
New technologies, like self-driving or autonomous vehicles, will be game-changers as they arrive on our streets. This report looks at how new mobility could affect greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver. Strategies that reduce carbon emissions and improve well-being for AV introduction are highlighted.