Photo: Garth Lenz
The Narwhal: Carbon Cache

One of the goals of our Environment Program’s Carbon Landscapes initiative is to increase the level of awareness and understanding among Canadians about natural climate solutions. Through support for in-depth research, reporting, and engaging coverage of this work, we help to shed light on the issues, people, and communities working at the intersection of climate, biodiversity, and sustainable livelihoods.

Carbon Cache, an eight-part series produced by The Narwhal and funded by Metcalf, looks at the role of Canada’s natural landscapes in the fight against climate change. Featured below are stories from the series.

Photo: Garth Lenz
One key solution to the world’s climate woes? Canada’s natural landscapes
Scientists have found protecting nature can provide more than one-third of the emissions reductions required to meet the world’s 2030 climate targets, thrusting Canada — home to 25 per cent of the planet’s wetlands and boreal forests — into the hot seat.
Photo: Garth Lenz
The battle for the ‘breathing lands’: Ontario’s Ring of Fire and the fate of its carbon-rich peatlands
Northern Ontario's muskeg serves as home to dozens of First Nations, stores immense amounts of carbon and sits on top of vast mineral deposits. Whose vision for the bogs and fens will win out?
Photo: Amber Bracken
Meet the people saving Canada’s native grasslands
Grasslands sequester billions of tonnes of carbon and support hundreds of plant species and over 60 species at risk. They are also one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems.
Photo: Greenpeace
‘It’s like paradise for us’: the Cree Nation’s fight to save the Broadback Forest
This 1.3 million hectare forest in Quebec has never been logged or known the incursion of roads. It’s also one of the most carbon dense places on the planet, holding twice as much carbon as the Amazon per hectare — but community members fear ‘the loggers are coming’.
Photo: Sara Hylton / The Narwhal
Meet the Canadian farmers fighting climate change
Conservation and agriculture have often been at odds. But as Ottawa develops the first federal carbon offset standard, farming techniques that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are having a moment.
Photo: Alex Harris / Raincoast
What’s an intact forest worth? The tricky task of quantifying Canada’s nature-based climate solutions
The sixth article in the Carbon Cache series explains carbon offsets.
Photo: Darren Calabrese
Could 80,000 family woodlot owners be the key to saving the Acadian forest?
Only remnants of this carbon-rich forest in the Maritimes remain after centuries of clear-cutting. Thousands of family forest owners have a stake in its survival. The question is: can they earn revenue from its protection rather than its destruction?
City of Surrey
Blue carbon: the climate change solution you’ve probably never heard of
Coastal ecosystems like salt marshes sequester millions of tonnes of carbon, but have been whittled away over the decades. Now Canadian scientists are looking to re-flood marshes in an effort to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise and store carbon, and seaweed is having its moment in the spotlight
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