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Heat waves and climate change in action

An extreme heat wave has taken over Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest this week. Today on Front Burner, climate journalist Eric Holthaus on why he thinks this weather is a clear call to action on the climate emergency.
A woman who goes by the name ChillyBean hands out bottled water to residents in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood in Vancouver on June 28, 2021. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

On Tuesday, Lytton, B.C., recorded the hottest temperature in Canada's history: a whopping 49.5 C; and it might surpass that record again this week. Several other B.C. cities also set all-time highs.

Alberta is also beginning to face the brunt of this heat wave that has extended to the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Northern California. 

Host Jayme Poisson talks to climate journalist, and founder of the weather service Currently, Eric Holthaus, about the global consequences of such extreme heat, and what it might take to mitigate it.