Our daily weather reports, cheerfully presented with flashy graphics and state-of-the-art animation, appear to relay more and more information.
And yet, no matter how glitzy the presentation, a key fact is invariably omitted. Imagine if, after flashing the words "extreme weather" to grab our attention, the reports flashed "global warming." Then we would know not only to wear lighter clothes or carry an umbrella, but that we have to do something about climate change.
I put the question to Jeff Masters, co-founder and director of meteorology at Weather Underground, an Internet weather information service. Masters writes a popular blog on weather, and doesn't shy away from linking extreme weather to climate change:
I won't forget the time I was in the same room as Hillary Clinton: I shed so many tears.
It was June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. I was at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. It was the first time I realized that, contrary to what Canadians are led to believe, our values and best interests are not represented by our government on the international stage.
Over the past 5 months, Joseph Boutilier has cycled 5,000km on one wheel to call for action on climate change. Join Joseph as he arrives at his final destination to meet with MPs on the first day of the fall session of Parliament. Join others demanding political action and unity for the climate crisis. Do it #ForOurFuture.
Help spread the word - please invite your friends in Ottawa!