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Connecting local weather and global climate change

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:

Our government doesn't speak for us when it comes to climate change

Photo: flickr/Climate March

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.

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Photo: Tim J Keegan/flickr
| September 9, 2014

#ForOurFuture - 5,000km Unicycle Ride for Climate Action Arrives on Parliament Hill

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Parliament Hill (Centennial Flame)
Wellingston St.
Ottawa, ON
Canada
45° 25' 12.2016" N, 75° 42' 21.5316" W


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!


http://www.unityfortheclimate.ca/about

| September 2, 2014
| August 19, 2014
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Mobilizing opposition to the Enbridge pipeline

July 11, 2014
| Two weeks ago the Harper government announced its approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline. For opponents of the project, this decision is a call-to-action to step up the fight.
Length: 17:32 minutes (16.06 MB)
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George Monbiot on The Pricing of Everything

July 9, 2014
| In the annual lecture at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, George Monbiot challenges the idea that it's possible to put a price on nature.
Length: 47:28 minutes (43.46 MB)
| July 8, 2014
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