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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Wednesday's Connector: Bear Grylls

August 9th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Action adventurer traveller Edward Michael Grylls is known simply as 'Bear.'

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The 36-year-old Brit is best known as the face of his own television series on the Discovery Channel called "Man vs Wild."

Born on the Isle of Wight, Grylls found an early love for the great outdoors and at the age of eight, began learning to rock climb and sail.

After leaving school, Grylls enrolled in the United Kingdom Special Forces to work as a survival expert and medic. Grylls served two duties in North Africa.

In 1996, Grylls was involved in a free fall parachuting accident that caused severe injury to his back.

Two years later, Grylls achieved his childhood goal of being the youngest Briton to ever climb Mount Everest - being just 23 years old.

Since then, Grylls hasn't stopped trying to outdo the number of adventures he is part of.

Since 2000, Grylls has circumnavigated the UK on a jet ski, crossed the North Atlantic in an inflatable boat, paramotored over Angel Falls.

Today, Grylls is out with a new season of his popular adventure show "Man vs Wild."

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by Bear Grylls.

Do you want to know what his favorite adventure has been so far? Does he have a challenge he hasn't met yet? What is one scenario that he think he couldn't survive?

Please leave your questions for Bear below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

Are you in favor of or against gay marriage?

August 9th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Are you in favor of gay marriage or are you against it? (Getty Images)

(CNN) Supporters of gay rights are still celebrating a federal judge's ruling last week in California that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. 

The decision was a major victory in a case that both sides say is sure to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court and could result in a landmark decision on whether people everywhere in the United States should be allowed to marry people of the same-sex. 

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia, while civil unions are permitted in New Jersey.

Last week, Mexico's Supreme Court, on an 8-2 vote, upheld the constitutionality of a Mexico City law that took effect in March. 

Worldwide, 10 countries have legalized same-sex marriage - most recently Argentina at the end of July. 

Many other countries have approved civil unions and registered partnerships and still others are debating a legal status for gay people. 

Supporters of gay marriage believe it is a universal human rights issue and gay and lesbian couples should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples. 

Some opponents argue that the institution of marriage is a religious one and, as such, should exclude same-sex partnerships. 

Other opponents argue against gay marriage on the basis of tradition or concerns about parenting. 

Despite the growing number of countries, predominantly in the west, that allow same-sex marriage or recognize civil unions, homosexual behavior is still illegal in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. 

As the debate heats up around the world, we want to hear from you. 

CNN International will be bringing you a special program dedicated to the issue on Thursday, August 12 at 2000 GMT on Connect the World. 

We want to hear your thoughts on the issue from around the world and would love to share them on our show. 
If you are interested in appearing in our special program to voice your opinion, please let us know, otherwise please leave your thoughts below on the issue. 
Remember to tell us where you're writing from too. 
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Global weather chaos - is it connected?

August 9th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Fires continue to burn across large parts of Russia. (Getty Images)

(CNN) Millions of people in Pakistan have been devastated by torrential flooding, wildfires in Russia already claimed more than fifty lives, a massive ice island four times the size of Manhattan has just split from Greenland and now Germany, India and the Czech Republic are falling victim to the wrath of mother nature.

The extreme weather around the globe in the past week has already killed more than 1,500 people and the situation is only worsening for a number of countries in Europe and Asia.

Flash flooding in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic over the weekend left nine people dead and thousands have been evacuated from towns and villages along the border.

On Monday, water levels started to ease off, but there were fears that fresh rain on Wednesday could inundate the regions already swollen rivers.

In China, heavy rains turned hillsides into rivers of mud as landslides killed more than 120 people in the northwest of the country.

More than 1,300 people are still missing from the disaster.

In neighbouring India, rescue workers searched a town in the north of the country after flash flooding and landslides killed 145 people and left hundreds more missing.

While this was all happening over the weekend, Pakistan tried to recover from the worst natural disaster in the country's history.

Ahmed Kamal, spokesman for the Pakistan Disaster Authority, said 1,203 people are confirmed dead across the country, and 1,317 have been wounded. About 288,000 houses have been damaged, and more than 278,000 people have been rescued.

At least 12.2 million people have been affected by the torrential rains and floods, Pakistani authorities said.

Scientists are also scrambling to find out why a massive ice island the size of 48,000 football fields broke off a glacial ice shelf in Greenland.

The iceberg has enough fresh water to supply the U.S. population for 120 days.

Climate change researchers are arguing that these events are all connected because of global warming, but could they just be a random series of events that just happened to occur in the same week?

Do you think these weather events are connected? Is global warming to blame?

We want to hear what you think - please leave your questions and comments below and if you want to voice your opinion on CNN television, please let us know and we'll get in touch.

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