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The Big Story - Climate Migration: Coming to a town near you

A polar bear is seen walking across the street in Churchill Man., as the Olympic Flame arrives in town Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Manitoba government documents indicate polar bear encounters have reached record levels on the shores of Hudson Bay. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Churchill, Manitoba is smaller than it used to be. Around the world, other communities impacted by climate change are shrinking as life within them becomes more difficult and expensive to maintain. Forget the numbers and the reports. As bad as those might be, these are the human faces of our warming globe.

But that doesn’t mean hope is lost. It’s those stories that can help shake people from their complacency. We might not be able to relate to a two-degree spike in temperatures, especially in places that won’t become uninhabitable as a result-but when we take a look at the physical, emotional and financial toll of our actions on our neighbours, maybe we can get through to people.

Bob Henson of The Weather Company joins The Big Story podcast to talk about Exodus, a TWC series on climate migration, and how a meteorologist feels when he reads the latest dire warnings.