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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:

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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
Photo: BUILD Inc.
| July 8, 2014

Have a radical Canada Day!

Photo: flickr/Dennis Jarvis
Do you want a country that values tolerance, education, public health, nature, social programs and enlightened laws, or one geared to wholesale exploitation and sale of our natural resources?

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| June 24, 2014
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