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Gaps in weather forecasts pose health and safety risks for northern communities

People in the north say they need better weather data to help them stay safe as the climate changes. Augy Jones is fighting environmental racism in Nova Scotia, using the lessons he learned from his parents in the civil rights era. And Canada's independent net zero panel delivers a list of climate actions Canada needs to take.

Effective activism takes 'urgent patience,' says head of N.S. environmental racism panel

Augy Jones admits he may not be the foremost expert on environmental racism in Nova Scotia. But as a longtime leader in community outreach and civil rights — following in the footsteps of his parents — he's uniquely qualified for the job.

Sleuthing for greenhouse gases at grocery stores

Food prices going up? So are greenhouse gases from those grocery store fridges! And just one look at exotic foods got Tamara Lindeman penning new climate songs. A brewing battle over deep sea mining. And the Canadian ties to Somalian drought.

How scientists are unlocking the mysteries of ocean carbon

Casting off the coast of Newfoundland where researchers are using underwater drones to gather data on ocean carbon, as the call comes for international cooperation on ocean monitoring. And a new book details why a just transition needs to include more than just oil and gas workers.
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Amid greater climate impacts, there's new national support for the mental health of farmers

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a new Canadian program meant to support farmers' mental health and explain the 'lake effect' that led to a massive storm in southern Ontario in December.

Revolutionizing climate education in universities

Lessons abound for climate watchers, from inside university classrooms to outside in the real world, where news that the ozone layer is healing offers hope for today's climate fight.

What working together to save the ozone layer tells us about climate action today

Thirty-five years after it was signed, the Montreal Protocol has started to heal the ozone layer, although experts say it will take decades longer to restore it. Some experts say that success should inspire better co-operation on climate action.

Climate action updates for the new year

A new national initiative to support farmer mental health. A step forward in the fight to include people with disabilities in climate plans. Good news on energy-efficiency for low-income Canadians. And an update on the energy transition underway in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Can Canada get on board with passenger train travel?

Producer Craig Desson goes on a journey to uncover what happened to passenger rail in Canada. And, producer Molly Segal follows a scientist looking to find out if climate safe havens in the Rocky Mountains can help the elusive wolverine.

What we can learn about the future of rail from its past

The train used to be a romantic and luxurious mode of transportation, with companies competing for passengers. But in the last century, cars and airplanes have edged out an option that — with the right investment and infrastructure — could be a cheaper and greener alternative in Canada.

Canada's role in climate disinformation

In his book The Petroleum Papers, journalist Geoff Dembicki traces the money behind climate disinformation back to Canada. A recap of good climate news from 2022. Three CBC meteorologists weigh in on extreme weather. And tips for a green holiday.

Tips for reducing your carbon footprint over the holidays

Festive decorations and delightfully wrapped presents are a staple of the holiday season, but they bring with them plenty of waste. The reduce, reuse, recycle mantra also remains true for real Christmas trees, which are preferable to artificial trees when it comes to protecting the environment.

Can a 'peace pact' with nature emerge from Montreal?

What's at stake for our planet as international delegates descend on the UN Biodiversity Conference in Canada. Why Indigenous-led conservation is key to Canada meeting its targets. And, getting into the minds of bees.

Charting a course to a greener shipping industry

A long voyage to net zero for shipping is casting off, and electric tugboats are part of it. And: a surprising boom in solar power in the land of oil and gas.

Ottawa's climate adaptation "down payment"

A national plan to fend off climate catastrophe, as one region struggles to adapt to changing waters. Forest drones taking root. Students on climate care. And: hard cash or empty promises on loss and damage.
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Caribbean countries weather climate extremes and hope richer states deliver on promised funding

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we get a personal account of what loss and damage means to people living in the Caribbean and examine the sustainability of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The human cost of climate change in the Caribbean. And, Oslo's game changing emissions solution.

What On Earth's Dannielle Piper reveals connections to the Caribbean to show what's at stake for those communities. Edmonton, Oslo and carbon budgets. And, two artists connect with their culture to take climate action.
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What is the fossil fuel non-proliferation movement?

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at a group of climate activists, including leaders of island nations, who are trying to establish a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Fossil fuels in the hot seat at COP27

With UN negotiations underway in Egypt, the call continues to phase out fossil fuels. Former environment minister Catherine McKenna gives us a reality check on net zero pledges. A listener shares her memories of a beloved mountain park. And, one year after an atmospheric river hit B.C., we check in on recovery.

Putting a price on nature can help municipalities adapt to climate change

By putting a value on things like wetlands, forests and coastlines, municipalities can make a financial case to invest in, protect and restore ecosystems while also benefitting from the services they provide. 

How the rebuild of a beloved B.C. trail could create a blueprint for Canada's parks

Parks staff in B.C. are painstakingly figuring out how to best rebuild a beloved hiking trail to better withstand climate change after it was obliterated by record flooding

Seeking real climate action: Canadians share their hopes ahead of COP27

Canadians say it’s time for real, actionable decisions to be made about the future of the environment, ahead of the global conference on climate change. Many Canadians will be watching closely as global leaders and stakeholders gather in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
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These 2 Canadians are using TikTok to talk up climate action

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at how two Canadians are using TikTok to engage with others on climate action and why some people are skeptical about the efficacy of the UN's COP27 climate summit.

Putting a price on nature

How a small town is saving millions on climate adaptation by embracing nature's services. Climate action as a public health solution. And can throwing soup at art lead to policy change?
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Canada is 'weaving' Indigenous science into environmental policy-making

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we speak to the first director of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s division of Indigenous Science and examine how this country could meet its biodiversity targets.