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Canada’s great expanse of boreal forest is changing due to climate change. But not all hope is lost


Water stress on trees means less resilience to disturbances like fire and insects.

The boreal forest stretches across Canada, providing habitat for a number of birds and other wildlife. (Supplied by Claire Farrell) CBC Alberta and Saskatchewan have teamed up for a new pilot series on weather and climate change on the Prairies. Meteorologist Christy Climenhaga will bring her expert voice to the conversation to help explain weather phenomena and climate change and how it impacts everyday life.

It’s the world’s largest forest of least disturbance. A stretch of trees sweeping around the globe, accounting for a third of the Earth’s forested area.

We’re talking about the boreal forest. The planet’s coldest forest – a massive store for carbon accumulated over thousands of years and a thriving ecosystem for plants and animals.

In Canada, over 300 million hectares of boreal forest stretches from Yukon all the way through the northern half of the provinces, east towards Newfoundland. The boreal forest is home to half the nation’s species of birds, and 3.7 million people.

As our climate changes, this great expanse of cold forest is getting warmer. Average temperatures across the Prairies are 1.9C warmer since the mid-20th century, according to Environment and […]

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