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Connecting Extreme Weather Dots Across the Map

But for some reason we're loathe to take the next step and connect the dots of extreme floods, heat waves, droughts, and storms popping up across the map.

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We have to rein in the power of corporate interests like coal, oil, gas, and big agriculture that take government handouts with one hand and push us deeper into ecological chaos with the other. And we have to strengthen the social safety net that will catch and care for families when the inevitable natural disasters hit vulnerable communities.

Janet Redman is co-director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies .