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

Yes, you can run a farm inside a big city

More farmers and gardeners are making spaces in cities to grow vegetables, from rooftops to churchyards to hydro corridors. Some think urban farming could help more people afford fresh food amid rising prices, and it comes with other health and environmental benefits. Here’s a closer look.

Many of Canada's greenest apartments are ultra-affordable. Here's why

Think you can’t afford an eco-home? Some of Canada’s greenest apartments go for as little as $85 per month. Here’s why — and what it means for both the climate crisis and the housing crisis.

How climate change is making wildfires worse in normally mild and wet Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia’s record-breaking fires came as a shock in a region known for relatively mild and wet weather. But rather than being an anomaly, they are a sign of things to come for Atlantic Canada, experts say.

Antarctic expedition gets up close and personal with a melting glacier

When Britney Schmidt piloted a robot down a narrow bore hole to explore the underbelly of the world’s widest glacier, she was amazed by what she saw — ice pockmarked by crevasses and staircase-like patterns. “I never thought of being able to use my eyes to detect melting,” she said.

How Indigenous-led conservation could help Canada meet its land and water protection targets

In just eight years, Canada has to double the amount of land protected in all of the national parks, provincial parks, conservation areas and other protected spaces that were established over the past century. Indigenous-led conservation projects could be the answer.

7 young people sued Ontario over its climate policy. This week, they made their case

Seven young people who brought a landmark lawsuit against the Ontario government, alleging its climate plan fails to protect them and future generations, were heard in court this week, in a legal first for Canada.

Europe's turn back to coal a 'temporary' measure in response to Russian gas cuts

Running out of options, Germany and several of its European neighbours are turning back to coal power plants to conserve precious reserves of natural gas, after Russia cut its gas exports because of the war in Ukraine.

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.