Emily Chung

Science, climate, environment reporter

Emily Chung covers science, the environment and climate for CBC News. She has previously worked as a digital journalist for CBC Ottawa and as an occasional producer at CBC's Quirks & Quarks. She has a PhD in chemistry from the University of British Columbia. In 2019, she was part of the team that won a Digital Publishing Award for best newsletter for "What on Earth." You can email story ideas to Emily.Chung@cbc.ca.

Latest from Emily Chung

Scientists drop antimatter to see if it falls

We all know an apple will fall down because of the Earth’s gravity. But what about an “anti-apple”? For the first time, scientists have “dropped” antimatter, and found that it, too, feels the downward pull of the Earth’s gravity.

Will switching to a heat pump save you money? Here's how to find out

Many CBC readers have asked about the costs of switching their heating and cooling system to a heat pump. A new report and online calculator are the latest to show that many Canadian households could save money by making the switch. Here’s a closer look at the potential costs and savings.

Will electrifying cars and home heating break Canada's grid?

The government is encouraging Canadians to switch to EVs and heat pumps to fight climate change. But many CBC News readers have asked: won’t electrifying everything break the grid and drive up energy costs? Here’s what electricity operators and those researching the transition say.

More cities offering loans to cover upfront cost of heat pumps, solar

More cities across Canada are paying the upfront cost of heat pumps, solar panels and other green upgrades for homeowners. They’re offering long-term, zero-interest or low-interest loans tied to properties instead of homeowners, aiming to remove barriers to green upgrades.

The 'chonkiest' animal ever may have been this massive ancient whale

The bizarre bones of an ancient whale suggest it may have been the most massive animal that ever lived — outweighing today’s blue whale.

This jellyfish was the terror of the sea 500 million years ago

When did jellies start swimming through the sea as jellyfish? Scientists say fossils found in Canada’s Burgess Shale are the oldest jellyfish of their kind ever found.
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We're dangerously near some climate tipping points

England and France could suddenly get a new, colder climate due to the collapse of an Atlantic current. It's just one sign we’re getting dangerously close to some irreversible climate “tipping points." Here’s what that means.

Why air conditioners can be a problematic solution to extreme heat

As extreme heat hits many parts of the world amid a warming climate, millions of people are turning to air conditioners for relief. But researchers who study climate adaptation say air conditioning for everyone is not sustainable. Here’s why and what they recommend instead.

Canada's Crawford Lake chosen as 'golden spike' to mark proposed new epoch

Scientists have picked the bottom of Crawford Lake in Ontario to mark the start of a new proposed, but controversial, geologic epoch – the Anthropocene. Here’s what that means, why this Canadian lake was chosen and why it could be a huge deal, scientifically.

Canada's first hydrogen train is taking passengers

You can now buy a ticket to ride the first hydrogen-powered train in North America. The passenger tourist train runs from Montmorency Falls in Quebec City to Baie-Saint Paul and back every day, carrying up to 120 people, as part of a summer-long demonstration.