135 episodes

What On Earth is on a mission to move and challenge you to think about climate change in new ways by hunting down climate solutions, kicking the tires on them, and injecting some hope. We step up to relieve you of the existential dread you might feel about climate change — because here's the good news: you are part of the solution.

What On Earth CBC Radio

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    • 4.8 • 144 Ratings

What On Earth is on a mission to move and challenge you to think about climate change in new ways by hunting down climate solutions, kicking the tires on them, and injecting some hope. We step up to relieve you of the existential dread you might feel about climate change — because here's the good news: you are part of the solution.

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

    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.

    • 54 min
    Sleuthing for greenhouse gases at grocery stores

    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.

    • 52 min
    How scientists are unlocking the mysteries of ocean carbon

    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.

    • 54 min
    Revolutionizing climate education in universities

    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.

    • 54 min
    Climate action updates for the new year

    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.

    • 54 min
    Can Canada get on board with passenger train travel?

    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.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Maritime Mike ,

Great podcast.

Thank you for such a great podcast. We often see comments that media doesn’t cover climate change enough. This is a great new podcast that accompanies me on my Saturday runs.

Great job CBC 👍🏼

Gifford NS ,

Vitally important

This is must hear weekly. Bravo Laura! I just listened to January 28 re Coal in Aberta’s eastern slopes region. Ver very well done! Thanks!

Chevy Bolt ,

Topics for Future Shows

1. Why does CBC post sports scores, stock market listings, but not daily CO2 readings?
2. Why does CBC report on the expanded Waterloo Wellington airport, without addressing increased emissions?
3. Why does Laura Lynch ask interviewees, “Why is it taking so long?” without connecting lack of progress to lack of media informed enough to ask deeper questions?

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