Inayat Singh


Inayat Singh covers the environment and climate change at CBC News. He is based in Toronto and has previously reported from Winnipeg. Email:

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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.

Sriracha hot sauce shortage shows how California drought affects Canadian food

With the global climate crisis accelerating, California’s challenges are set to worsen, and they could soon impact food supply in Canada. About 20 per cent of Canada’s total crop imports come from California alone, worth about $2.8 billion in 2021.

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.

Canada saw a drop in greenhouse gas emissions during the first year of the pandemic: report

Canada's greenhouse gas emissions declined for the second year in a row in 2020 — the first year of the pandemic, when many Canadians stayed at home in response to mandatory lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Caught between climate warnings and economic realities, Canada and the world face tough fossil fuel choices

The UN's latest warning about the world's climate goals slipping away is looming over a pending decision on whether a large offshore oil project will go ahead off Newfoundland, promising a much-needed boost for the province's economy but potentially moving the world further away from avoiding climate disaster.

Canada's energy regulator criticized for not modelling a net-zero future

The federal agency tasked with projecting Canada's supply and demand of energy for the next few decades is drawing criticism for what's missing in its latest annual report: A roadmap for the sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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.

How shaving half a degree off global warming targets could lessen the effects of climate change

Keeping a 1.5 C limit on global warming 'within reach' is one of the key goals of the ongoing United Nations climate summit. That’s the lower of two targets in the Paris Agreement on climate change. But why two targets? What’s the difference in terms of impacts? Are both reachable? Here’s a closer look.