Alice Hopton

National Environment and Climate Change Producer

Alice Hopton is a national Environment and Climate Change producer for CBC News.

Latest from Alice Hopton

How do you house 700,000 people? As Peel Region looks to expand out, others push for up

Ontario's Peel Region just approved a new urban growth plan that will guide its growth all the way to 2051. The plan envisions accommodating an estimated 700,000 new residents by increasing density in some established neighbourhoods, while also opening up about 4,450 hectares of farmland to new development.

Avian flu poses 'significant risk' to Canadian poultry farms as cases reported in multiple provinces

The highly contagious and deadly avian influenza is spreading among poultry birds in Canada, with government authorities tracking cases in 12 farms so far in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as additional possible cases in Alberta and Quebec.

Canada has a quarter of world's soil carbon. Keeping it in the ground could curb climate change, experts say

Canada stores about a quarter of all the soil carbon in the world, a new study has found, putting a spotlight on the country's role in preventing that carbon from being released into the atmosphere and exacerbating global warming.

Movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground gaining momentum in Canada and abroad

Quebec joined the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance this week — becoming the first North American member of a new group being launched at the United Nations climate conference that wants to phase out the production of oil and gas.

Canada is underestimating carbon emissions from forestry sector, environmental groups allege

The forestry sector is a significant source of Canada's carbon emissions, but that's not always apparent because of the way we count those emissions, four environmental organizations argue in a new report.

The world is supposed to share the cost of fighting climate change. Here's how that works

One of the key tenets of the 2015 Paris Agreement was that richer countries such as Canada would provide financial assistance to developing countries to help them achieve their climate targets. We take a look at how the financing is supposed to work and how countries are doing in meeting the promised $100 billion US a year commitment. 

Global south suffering gap in climate change research as rich countries drive agenda, studies suggest

Developing countries suffer from a significant gap in terms of scientific research related to climate change, a new study shows, even though they contain the communities and people most vulnerable to extreme weather, rising sea levels and other serious impacts of climate change. 

Industrial plastic is spilling into Great Lakes, and no one's regulating it, experts warn

About 10,000 tons of plastic waste are getting into the Great Lakes every year, threatening one of the largest reservoirs of freshwater on the planet that supports nearly 50 million people in Canada and the U.S.

Why an invasive moth caterpillar infestation is breaking records in central Canada

A species of invasive moth caterpillars is stripping trees bare and raining down feces from the canopy across much of southern Ontario and Quebec, amid a record infestation. Here's why their population has exploded and what can be done about them.

How to make sense of the new findings on 'forever chemicals' in makeup

People who wear cosmetics such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that last 'forever' in the environment, a new study suggests. Here's what you should know about PFAS.