Ice and Fire: Tracking Canada’s Climate Crisis

Goodbye backyard ice rinks, mountain glaciers and forest biodiversity: what Canada might lose due to climate change.
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Ice and Fire: Tracking Canada’s Climate Crisis

Nature of Things

How does Canada measure up to the rest of the world when it comes to climate change? Have our wildfires become more dangerous over the past decade? Will our glaciers survive the 21st century?

Every month, the climate emergency brings dire headlines: the next 100-year flood, million-acre wildfire or supercharged hurricane. Ice and Fire: Tracking Canada’s Climate Crisis, a documentary from The Nature of Things, shows that in the face of such radical transformation, measuring the true state of the planet is more than just good science — it’s critical to our future on Earth.

As a northern nation, Canada is warming at twice the global average so we’re among the first to see the direct impacts of climate change. Across the country, scientists are working furiously to precisely measure the effects of the changes, while employing armies of citizen scientists to help gather data..

From measuring snowpack decline in Alberta’s Rocky Mountain alpine to extreme flooding in New Brunswick’s majestic St. John River, and from biodiversity loss in our oceans to the threat of wildfire in our mountain communities, scientists and citizens alike are building a new understanding of how climate change will impact Canada.

Watch Ice and Fire: Tracking Canada’s Climate Crisis on The Nature of Things.