CBC Vancouver launches original podcast '2050: Degrees of Change'
Climate change podcast available now
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. "2050: Degrees of Change" is a podcast that explores how British Columbia's climate will change in just 30 years, and what that means for our daily life.
Following the success of the podcast Fault Lines, CBC Vancouver Senior Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe returns as host of "2050: Degrees of Change." The six-part podcast series will explore what will change in B.C., how scientists are preparing, and how global climate change conflicts will impact British Columbians.
EPISODE ONE: 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 TWO: 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 THREE: 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 FOUR: 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 FIVE: 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 SIX: 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.
Special features from the podcast will also be aired on CBC Radio One's The Early Edition from Monday, June 12th to June 16th.