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Global National: Sept. 3, 2022 | Floods continue to ravage Pakistan as California deals with drought

The catastrophic effects of climate change are on full display tonight on opposite sides of the globe. In Pakistan, more than 33 million people are affected by devastating floods, while in California, the state already in a deep drought, heads into the worst of its fire season. As Jennifer Johnson reports, some residents are literally fleeing for their lives.

In Pakistan, a flooding crisis of unimaginable proportions continues to unfold. The United Nations says record monsoon rains have caused more than 1,200 deaths and the situation is expected to get worse. The World Health Organization estimates more than 6.4 million people are in dire need of humanitarian aid. With infrastructure heavily damaged in parts of the country, Pakistani officials are pleading for help from the international community. Brittany Rosen reports on how some Canadians are stepping up.

With millions of Pakistanis struggling, climate change experts say the world should be on high alert. As Kam Ravazi explains, similar events are happening more frequently in our own backyard.

The biggest oil sands producers in the country say they’re feeling hopeful after meetings with the deputy prime minister this week. The industry, which is responsible for most of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, is looking for a massive investment from Ottawa to help it de-carbonize. It’s asking for tens of billions of federal dollars to build a carbon capture and storage operation in Alberta. But as Heather Yourex-West explains, critics say public money is better spent elsewhere.

With home prices skyrocketing during the pandemic, more and more people are looking for alternative routes to home ownership. In particular, home co-ownership is getting attention. It was once an uncommon arrangement between family, friends and even strangers pooling their money to buy a home. As Anne Gaviola explains, it’s seeing a surge in popularity.

It’s an epidemic many Canadians would rather ignore. For years the opioid crisis has shattered families and communities across the country, taking lives in every age and socio-economic demographic. Since 2016, more than 29,000 people have died as a result of drug toxicity. As Rachel Gilmore reports, advocates on the front lines of this epidemic are again pushing for more awareness, hoping it will save lives.

One incredible journey has come to an end for one of the world’s biggest sports stars. Tennis icon Serena Williams has played what is likely her last professional match. Kamil Karamali looks back on her game-changing career.

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Environmentalist, Futurist, Lightworker, Wannabe naturalist. The way we are treating our world and environment is not going to end well! We need to change course NOW.

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