Jaela Bernstien


Jaela Bernstien is a Montreal-based journalist who covers stories about climate change and the environment for CBC News. She has a decade of experience and files regularly for web, radio and TV. She won a CAJ award as part of a team investigating black-market labour in Quebec. You can reach her at jaela.bernstien@cbc.ca

Latest from Jaela Bernstien

SUVs are more popular than ever, but do drivers need all that extra space?

While sport-utility vehicles surge in popularity, a new survey sheds light on how often SUV owners actually use all that extra cargo space and towing capacity.

Ties between pension fund directors and fossil fuels are 'incompatible' for some Canadians

Despite mounting pressure from Canadians who want their money to stop supporting oil and gas, the majority of the country’s largest pension fund managers continue to invest in that sector — and are led by individuals with close ties to fossil fuel companies.

Study reveals global algae blooms are growing, and warming waters may be to blame

Swirling green blooms of phytoplankton along ocean coasts may be happening more often and getting bigger, according to new research published in Nature, raising concerns about the impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans. 

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.

Why don't we talk about acid rain and the ozone hole anymore? Scientists debunk misinformation

If you’re over 30, you likely remember a time when there was a lot of hand-wringing over the ozone hole and skin cancer, as well as the threat of acid rain destroying life in lakes and on land. The reason we don't hear about it anymore is good news, but misinformation on social media claims otherwise.

What one region's water level woes reveal about climate change and the St. Lawrence River

Strolling along the shore on Ault Island, Cliff Steinburg points to the end of his dock. He says this summer there was less than a foot of water there, making it impossible to launch a boat. While the river has since stabilized, Steinburg worries what next year will bring to a region known for its fishing, beaches, and boating.

Global South makes its case for $700B to protect biodiversity at COP15

The funding gap between what developing countries need for conservation and what's actually being offered by wealthy nations has become a major sticking point at the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal.

What is COP15? Why it matters and what's at stake at the Montreal summit

Thousands of delegates representing 192 countries will spend the next two weeks meeting in Montreal, hammering out a once-in-a-decade agreement meant to protect, conserve and equitably share nature. Here's your guide to why it matters, who will be there and what to expect.

Human rights defenders warn activists are being arrested ahead of Egypt's climate summit

Human rights groups in Egypt had hoped the authoritarian government would relax its grip on civil society ahead of COP27, but instead advocates warn police have started cracking down and arresting anyone suspected of planning a protest in the lead up to the UN climate summit.

David Suzuki is retiring from The Nature of Things to focus on activism and calling out 'BS'

Over his storied career as a science communicator and environmentalist, Suzuki has earned a reputation for many things, but being mild-mannered is not one of them. As he prepares for his next chapter, the 86-year-old said now more than ever, it's his responsibility to call it like it is.