Listen to CBC Vancouver podcast about climate change
'2050: Degrees of Change' is available wherever you get your podcasts
Are we ready for change? By the year 2050, B.C.'s average yearly temperature will have risen by 2.5 C. But that doesn't mean everything will just get hotter.
CBC Vancouver Senior Meteorologist and Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe hosts 2050: Degrees of Change: a seven-part podcast series that explores how British Columbia's climate will change in just 30 years, how scientists are preparing and what that means for our daily life.
EPISODE 1: B.C. in 2050
Meteorologists call British Columbia "the land of a billion micro climates." In many ways, it's a microcosm for the world. By 2050, the average temperature in B.C. will have risen by 2.5 C. But that doesn't mean everything will just get hotter. We explore how British Columbia's climate will change in just 30 years, and what that means for our weather patterns.
EPISODE 2: Snow and Ice
Without snow, everything changes. In this episode, we reveal the downstream effects of record-low snow packs, melting glaciers and rising sea levels in British Columbia.
EPISODE 3: Agriculture
What do rising temperatures, changing rain patterns and shifting seasons mean for farmers? We hear about the challenges, as well as opportunities, facing producers.
EPISODE 4: Cities
Vancouver is a global leader when it comes to planning for climate change. The city says it will run on 100% renewable energy by 2050. In this episode, we discuss how climate change will re-shape our cities, and ask if we're doing enough to mitigate its effects on our environment as well as our society.
EPISODE 5: Fire and Forests
"There is no 'no smoke' option." By 2050, forest fires will be more frequent, and more devastating. This has profound impacts on one of our major resource industries, as well as wildlife.
EPISODE 6: The Global Village
By mid-century, life in B.C. will be transformed. But around the world hundreds of millions of people will be facing life or death decisions. In this episode, we hear what climate change means for the rest of the world, and how those conflicts may spill over into B.C.
EPISODE 7: A New Future
In this bonus episode taped in front of a live audience at CBC Vancouver we ask, "What would it take for you to change for climate change?" Johanna Wagstaffe hosts a panel of environmental experts to tell us what kind of change is meaningful enough to alter the path as we head towards the year 2050.