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On the bright side, at least we’ll have warmer winters

The Story

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, predictions about the greenhouse effect are already coming true. "The warming effect should begin to be felt by the 1990s," says reporter Joe Schlesinger in this 1983 CBC-TV clip. The EPA thinks the damage has been done, so we must now prepare for the inevitable by building dykes or developing heat-resistant crops. It's pretty serious news -- but on the bright side, says Schlesinger, "at least our great-grandchildren should have warmer winters. And who in Canada wouldn't want that?"

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 18, 1983
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Joe Schlesinger
Duration: 1:38

Did You know?

• By the early 1980s, climatologists were increasingly convinced that global warming was occurring and that it could be disastrous. But the general public wasn't particularly alarmed. According to the American Institute of Physics' Spencer Weart, "Most people suspected the issue was something they ought to be concerned about, but among the world's many problems it did not loom large. Even those who worried most about pollution were seldom concerned with global affairs, directing their dismay at the oil spill or chemical wastes that endangered a particular neighbourhood."


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