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There are a lot of questions, ideas and emotions about climate change. Whether you feel scared, curious or overwhelmed, What On Earth hears you. Laura Lynch explores your experiences, grapples with the challenges, and examines the potential solutions.

What On Earth CBC Radio

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

There are a lot of questions, ideas and emotions about climate change. Whether you feel scared, curious or overwhelmed, What On Earth hears you. Laura Lynch explores your experiences, grapples with the challenges, and examines the potential solutions.

    Hope vs. fear in the language of climate change

    Hope vs. fear in the language of climate change

    Greta Thunberg told the world: ‘I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic.’ Many climate messages focus on fear — it’s powerful, but can also backfire. Hear why hope can be crucial, and the risks of making a worst-case scenario feel inevitable.

    • 29 min
    Pass on the turkey? Cutting meat for climate

    Pass on the turkey? Cutting meat for climate

    Fabrice Retiere will sit down to a meatless Thanksgiving this year for the first time. Research suggests he might not be the only Canadian doing so, as Canadians show more interest in eating less meat. This week we delve into the demand for plant based protein, the companies capitalizing on the demand, and why scientists and policy experts say more needs to be done to get people on board if we want to help our climate.

    • 40 min
    Introducing: World on Fire

    Introducing: World on Fire

    When your backyard is burning, is anywhere safe? Welcome to World on Fire, a six-part original podcast from CBC Edmonton that takes us to the front lines of out of control wildfires in Canada, Australia and California. Recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, hosts Adrienne Lamb and wildfire expert, Mike Flannigan look at what it takes to find hope in the midst of fear and destruction.

    • 37 min
    The Arctic could soon be ice-free in the summer. Can geoengineering help?

    The Arctic could soon be ice-free in the summer. Can geoengineering help?

    This summer, Arctic sea ice hit a near-record low, second only to 2012 as the biggest melt on record. By 2050, many project an ice-free summer Arctic; the Earth’s white cap would be gone. We look at a bold proposal to save ice with technology — and plans to protect what’s left.

    • 27 min
    Can the courts be a ‘can opener’ to faster climate action?

    Can the courts be a ‘can opener’ to faster climate action?

    Fifteen Canadian youth argue they're being disproportionately hurt by climate change and the federal government is violating their rights. But Ottawa wants the case thrown out. We dig into the arguments and ask if the courts can ensure climate action?

    • 27 min
    Smoky skies and the 'vicarious anxiety' we're feeling about climate change

    Smoky skies and the 'vicarious anxiety' we're feeling about climate change

    Melting glaciers are a marker of our warming planet. Beyond the melt, what are the impacts? Flooding might come to mind, but power, water supply, or salmon habitat? We hear from people affected, and ask if Canada’s reducing emissions fast enough?

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Baobab_123 ,

Finally, national in-depth coverage about climate change

I’m very happy that CBC is doing a series about climate change in Canada, and especially including a variety of aspects and voices (science, people, on-the-ground work, nature) without doing the both-sides nonsense that gives equal stage to climate deniers. I like the range of topics and hearing a combination of the interviewee with the interviewer’s big picture overview. I worry a little that episodes are still “newsy” and may not be able to give as much “state of the world (region, science, politics, etc)” necessary for listeners to understand where we’re at, what’s at stake, and what/who needs to change. Please keep going!

Honningpie ,

Excellent much needed podcast!

Glad to see the CBC is producing a dedicated podcast to climate change. This is a informative, well-balanced podcast from a trusted source, much needed in my opinion!

MB Nature Boy ,

Yes yes yes

I love this show...well-researched, thoughtful, with credible, informative guests, and a brilliant host.

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