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December 10 2011

Title TERRA 617: Our Tomorrow

The environmental problems of the world are overwhelming and terrifying, yet something about this fear seems so familiar. Are we living in The End Times? Should we simply give up and admit defeat? In a fascinating mix of interviews, images, and animation, "Our Tomorrow" muses on the natural world and the Apocalypse.

December 09 2011

TERRA 617: Our Tomorrow

The environmental problems of the world are overwhelming and terrifying, yet something about this fear seems so familiar. Are we living in The End Times? Should we simply give up and admit defeat? In a fascinating mix of interviews, images, and animation, "Our Tomorrow" muses on the natural world and the Apocalypse.

April 26 2011

New Weaver Book a Gift for the Climate Confused

Canadian readers should keep an eye out for Generation Us, a tiny climate change primer by University of Victoria Professor Andrew Weaver, the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis.

Subtitled The Challenge of Global Warming, Generation Us is like a climate change CliffNotes. Published by Raven Books as part of a "Rapid Reads" series, this is a short, succinct, clear and readable rendering of the science - followed by a passionate appeal for us all to move from "Generation Me" (which really seems to have outlasted its stylishness) to Generation Us, in which we start taking seriously the opportunity we have to mitigate the climate damage that we have already inflicted on future generations.

Actually, if you're looking for an informed tour through the science, I might recommend Weaver's earlier book even more highly. In Keeping Our Cool, Weaver drilled down into the topic a bit more thoroughly, even explaining precisely how scientists such as Lonnie Thompson torture 650,000-year-old oxygen isotopes to get them to admit what the temperature was on the year they were frozen into the Antarctic plains.

But for someone coming to this topic without any science background, GenUs is a perfect introduction - and as such is an important addition to the climate library.<!--break-->

February 14 2010

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Climate Scientist: Record-Setting Mid-Atlantic Snowfall Linked to Global Warming

 
Democracy Now! February, 12th of February

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As record snowfall crippled the mid-Atlantic this week, many Republicans used the blizzard-like conditions to argue that global warming is a hoax. We speak to climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who argues the extreme weather is in fact a part of global warming. [includes rush transcript]

October 20 2009

TERRA 526: Climate Change in the Carribean, Part Two: Impacts

The most important thing to remember when it comes to climate change is that you can help, and there is still hope. This animated series reminds us that while the problems are dire, we have to remain hopeful, and even have a bit of fun from time to time. Produced for broadcast throughout the Caribbean, this is Part Two of a three-part PSA series/awareness campaign on climate change, its effects on the Caribbean, and action that people can take to help the situation. The series combines animations and footage from Trinidad with explanations from climate change experts from Trinidad & Tobago. Funded by Trinidad & Tobago's National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in association with University of Trinidad & Tobago.
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