Tiny forests everywhere
What On Earth
by CBC
6d ago
It all started in Japan, now it’s a worldwide craze. Trees planted at industrial sites by botanist Akira Miyawaki in the 1970s were a way to resist deforestation. Today, community groups around the world have joined the tiny forest movement as a way to store carbon in pockets of cities. Then, we hunt for winter across Canada, and find out how a lack of snow and ice are affecting everything from ice fishing to the Ontario Winter Games. The co-creator of Black Climate Week shares how a stark realization sparked a campaign to build a more inclusive environmental movement. We head to the hardware ..read more
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How to sell people on climate action instead of fossil fuels
What On Earth
by CBC
1w ago
Advertising can contribute to the climate crisis, but it can also be a force for change. We hear about efforts underway here in Canada to strengthen rules around fossil fuel advertising. And how some European cities and towns are banning “high carbon advertising” altogether. Plus, a former ad executive shares the personal story of how he stopped selling soap and credit cards and is now using his skills to find marketing messages that motivate climate action. Spoiler: it's all about love. What On Earth's climate justice columnist Chúk Odenigbo discovers gaps in how Black communities in Hamilton ..read more
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Could 2024 be the year China becomes a climate…leader?
What On Earth
by CBC
2w ago
China emits a third of the world’s greenhouse gases. But it’s also a leader in renewables. We hear from people inside the country about its paradoxical – and controversial – energy mix. Plus, you’ve maybe weighed the option of buying a new EV, but one listener asks: can you retrofit a gas car? We find out. And, in Alberta, severe drought in the middle of winter is forcing difficult conversations about who gets less water come spring. We check in with a rancher and learn how monitoring is helping landowners manage their wells. Finally, why one B.C. university is trying out spiritual care as a b ..read more
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The robots are coming (to help fight climate change)
What On Earth
by CBC
1M ago
From potato rovers to wildfire sniffers, AI is being put to work. But there’s a catch: the technology’s growing carbon footprint. Last week, we talked about cold weather and the grid, heat pumps and EVs. You listened…and wrote in. Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault responds to those topics and more. Melina Laboucan-Massimo – What On Earth’s Indigenous climate solutions columnist – shares the story of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm on Mi’gmaq territory in Quebec ..read more
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When it's really freaking cold, is green power a solution?
What On Earth
by CBC
1M ago
An emergency alert on Alberta's power grid has people asking: can renewable energy get us through Canada's extreme winters? We find out what really triggered Alberta's electricity supply crunch, and how a greener grid can still meet demand. We look to Northern B.C. and Norway to see how electric vehicles handle frigid temperatures. Plus, how heat pumps can still keep you toasty in Canada's coldest cities and what you should consider before getting one ..read more
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War, peace and a changing climate
What On Earth
by CBC
1M ago
The bombs falling in Gaza and Ukraine have a human toll and an environmental one. We find out how demilitarization could help countries cut emissions. Columnist Aishwarya Puttur shares three campaigns motivating young activists in 2024. What On Earth’s Molly Segal explains what carbon dioxide removal is and whether it can fix the climate crisis. And oil and gas development in the North Sea has UK politicians calling out their own government ..read more
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Can you save a rainforest by paying people not to cut trees?
What On Earth
by CBC
1M ago
Come with us into B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest where Coastal First Nations are working to protect the trees using revenue from carbon offsets. But skepticism over the system may be putting the experiment at risk. We’ll hear about climate-friendly cookbooks to help you make a new year's resolution in the kitchen. A climate course you can sign up for that doesn’t cost anything and won’t bum you out. And a youth-led Swiss campaign to tax the rich to fight climate change ..read more
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Stories that surprised, delighted and fired you up this year
What On Earth
by CBC
2M ago
Missed some of our climate coverage in 2023? No need to have FOMO – we’ve got you covered with some of our favourite places, people and the tales they tell. Start with a journey to Germany’s coal region for lessons Canada can learn about energy transition. Take a trip on a cargo ship…for the sake of the climate (yes, seriously). Then, join us on a boat ride tracking biodiversity in North America’s southernmost fjord. And we wrap up in the classroom to learn why two university professors are trying to make climate change a mandatory part of learning ..read more
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Yes, you can chat about climate change and not be a buzzkill
What On Earth
by CBC
2M ago
‘Tis the season – well it’s always the season – to talk about climate. We’ve got tips on how to have a good conversation about our warming world around the holiday dinner table. Plus a new kind of annual Christmas letter featuring a family making a difference. And you can share the gift of a new zine packed with advice about coping with climate crises - one that fits into your back pocket ..read more
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The beginning of the end
What On Earth
by CBC
2M ago
Nations are "sounding the death knell for the fossil fuel era." Climate campaigner and self-described stubborn climate optimist Catherine Abreu calls the COP28 deal a win, despite its shortcomings. And columnist Chúk Odenigbo on why discussions about climate anxiety are too white ..read more
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