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B.C., climate change and what's coming for Canada

Why one environmental journalist says British Columbia is the “call coming from inside the house” when it comes to climate change.
A "No Exit" sign is seen along the side of a flooded dead end road leading to a farm in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 19, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

British Columbia is still struggling with the fallout from record-breaking rains that caused floods and mudslides that killed six people and displaced thousands more. This, after the fatal heat dome of the summer, and the third worst fire season on record. 

While experts say it's impossible to determine whether this year's extreme weather resulted directly from climate change, they will say climate change made these events worse. 

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan agreed to strike a joint provincial-federal committee to address disaster response and climate resilience. 

Today, environmental journalist Arno Kopecky on how B.C. is experiencing so many of the big climate change issues of our time. 

Our planet is changing. So is our journalism. This story is part of a CBC News initiative entitled Our Changing Planet to show and explain the effects of climate change and what is being done about it.