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Stefan Labbé

Stefan Labbé

Stefan Labbé covers climate and environment solutions for Glacier Media's Central Desk.

That means he tells stories about how people are responding to problems linked to climate change — from the energy transition to migration and everything in between.

Labbé has broken stories on the B.C. government's unexpected axing of a municipal climate adaptation fund, the development of a federal atmospheric river warning system, and a story of the first doctor in the world to diagnose a patient with climate change, among others.

His on-the-ground reporting has been featured in interviews with national broadcaster CTV, and on such podcasts as The Big Story.

As a freelancer he has reported on returning jihadist fighters in Jordan, the fallout from a government-guerrilla peace deal in Colombia and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean.

Labbé's writing, photography and documentary work have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Guardian, The Tyee, the Globe & Mail and PBS NewsHour.

He holds a Master’s of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and previously worked as a staff reporter at a local newspaper, where he wrote features, shot photos, and covered the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phone
604-345-8450
Email
slabbe@glaciermedia.ca

Recent Work by Stefan

Last year's extreme weather cost B.C. up to $17B in damages: report

Last year's extreme weather cost B.C. up to $17B in damages: report

Nearly 33,000 people were evacuated due to wildfire and about 17,000 evacuated or stranded due to flooding
One-fifth of known Canadian species face some risk of extinction

One-fifth of known Canadian species face some risk of extinction

Canada is home to about 80,000 species (not including viruses or bacteria).
Avian flu leads to B.C. turkey shortage ahead of Christmas

Avian flu leads to B.C. turkey shortage ahead of Christmas

A 20 per cent shortfall among B.C. turkey producers is expected to last through Christmas, says the B.C. Poultry Association.
18-year-old stabbed to death in B.C. school parking lot

18-year-old stabbed to death in B.C. school parking lot

Despite all attempts to revive the teen, he succumbed to his injuries.
A year later, experts warn deadly B.C. mudslide just the start

A year later, experts warn deadly B.C. mudslide just the start

A year after a deadly landslide collided with traffic on a B.C. mountain pass, experts warn the risk the disaster will repeat itself is growing.
Gentle wash cycles could reduce your microplastic habit by 70%, finds B.C. lab

Gentle wash cycles could reduce your microplastic habit by 70%, finds B.C. lab

Synthetic clothing washed at home dumps vast quantities of harmful microplastics into the ocean every year. There are growing signs it could damage life big and small.
B.C.'s 2021 floods a 'toxic soup' of fecal coliform, fuel and cocaine

B.C.'s 2021 floods a 'toxic soup' of fecal coliform, fuel and cocaine

The report, which described wildlife and human habitat blurring during the flood, found 59 substances exceeded pan-Canadian environmental quality guidelines, and in some cases, concentrations grew as flood waters receded.
Shakeup: Earthquake planning in an age of climate change

Shakeup: Earthquake planning in an age of climate change

Nearly a year after devastating floods hit B.C., emergency planners are imagining how a catastrophic earthquake could be made worse by a changing climate.
How climate change warped B.C.'s weather this fall

How climate change warped B.C.'s weather this fall

From the last week of September to the third week of October, the chance climate change made temperatures hotter across much of B.C., grew 1.5 to five times more likely, according to a new tool.
How drones are replanting B.C.'s burned forests

How drones are replanting B.C.'s burned forests

With promises to rejuvenate forests from the air, tree-planting start-ups are looking to supplement shovels and long days of labour with swarms of seed-bearing aerial drones. A growing target: B.C.'s burnt forests.
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