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    A decade ago, most Chinese were skeptical about global warming. Not now, though. As this article points out, they have been "overwhelmed with global evidence of melting glaciers and polar ice, rising seas and ever more extreme floods, hurricanes, fires and drought."

    The President of the United States believes climate change is a "hoax" and is trying to undo clean-air and clean-water regulations and protections. California Governor Jerry Brown is leading the fight that the federal government has abandoned. California is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water, developing clean energy technologies, expanding the use of solar panels and boosting the energy efficiency of automobiles and appliances. California is now partnering with China to fight climate change. This week, Brown will host a Global Climate Action Summit which will be attended by thousands of international delegates -- but nobody from the government of the United States.

    How California and China are collaborating to fight climate change

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed...909-story.html

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    In the fight against climate change and global warming, as I noted above, the Governor of California is doing what the President of the United States is not. Maybe Jerry should run for President in 2020. He'll be 82 years old then -- but, hey, Queen Elizabeth II is 92, the President of Tunisia is 91 and the Prime Minister of Malaysia is 93.

    California to rely on 100% clean electricity by 2045 under bill signed by Governor
    Los Angeles Times, Sep 10 2018 12:30 PM

    All of California’s electricity will come from clean power sources by 2045 under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown today, the latest in a series of ambitious goals set by the state to combat the effects of climate change. Brown hailed the move as another example of the state’s global leadership on environmental initiatives as the Trump administration backs away from such policies. "California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change," Brown said during a signing ceremony at the Capitol. "And yes, it is an existential threat. No matter what the naysayers may say, it is a real, present danger to California and to the people of the world."

    Senate Bill 100 by state Senator Kevin de León requires the state to obtain all of its electricity from clean sources — such as solar, wind and hydropower — by 2045. The bill also requires electric utilities and other service providers to generate 60% of their power from renewable sources by 2030.

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-p...910-story.html

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    Actor and environmentalist Harrison Ford, best known for his movie roles as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan, gave one of his best performances today, delivering an impassioned speech at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

    Harrison Ford takes aim at climate change deniers: 'Stop electing leaders who don't believe in science'

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/cel...iPpq?ocid=AMZN

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    At 7:15 this morning, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The region has already gotten more than 16 inches of rain and another 20 to 25 inches is expected. The hurricane has caused five deaths so far and 600,000 homes and businesses have lost power. Eek!

    How climate change could be impacting hurricanes
    CBS News, Sep 14 2018 5:02 PM EDT

    Climate change could be playing a role in slowing down storms such as Hurricane Florence, resulting in more rainfall and flooding when they hit. According to meteorologist Jeff Berardelli, climate change appears to be affecting areas of high pressure in the atmosphere, which can slow down storms, while rising water temperatures can make them more intense.

    "Air temperatures are higher, they can actually hold more water vapor, they drop more rain," Berardelli said. "The estimates for Harvey last year from a bunch of scientific studies were anywhere from 15% to as much as 35% extra rain because of climate change." Another factor, Berardelli said, is that with rising sea levels, storm surges increase. A powerful 10-foot storm surge this morning left around 150 people stranded and waiting to be rescued in New Bern, North Carolina.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurrica...acting-storms/

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    Here are three articles you can read for extra credit. Of course I don't know who you'll get the extra credit from, but.......

    Climate change makes hurricanes worse

    https://www.earthday.org/2017/09/07/...ricanes-worse/

    Global warming didn't cause Florence, scientists say, but it's making hurricanes more intense

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...914-story.html

    Hurricane Florence’s unusual extremes worsened by climate change
    Researchers estimate the storm’s rainfall forecast is 50% higher because of warmer oceans and more moisture in the atmosphere brought by global warming.

    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/1...ution-forecast

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    At least five looters have been arrested. Disasters bring out the best in some people -- and, unfortunately, the worst in some people.

    Hurricane Florence update: 12 dead, power failures and catastrophic flooding

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/15/u...ence-path.html

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    The death toll from Hurricane Florence has reached 32 and more than 500,000 homes are still without power. Anyone wishing to donate to the relief and recovery efforts can make a $10 donation by texting FLORENCE to 90999 or make a larger donation by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW or visiting https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurr...donations.html

    Florence leaves 'monumental disaster' -- with more trouble to come

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fl...rCqV?ocid=AMZN

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    Because of global warming, half of Switzerland's small glaciers are likely to be gone in the next 30 years, along with the streams they feed and the ecosystems they support. Glaciers are also rapidly melting in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Antarctica, the Andes, the Alps and the Himalayas.

    Before and after photos show how quickly ice is disappearing on swiss glaciers

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/to...vdJp?ocid=AMZN

    Scientists investigate icy streams for survival clues

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-sw...-idUKKCN1LT1UC

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    The Hurricane Florence death toll is now 37. Human-caused greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and the heat is causing a steady increase in ocean temperatures, which in 2017 were the highest on record and are trending even higher in 2018. The warming waters cause an increase in atmospheric heat and moisture, which, in turn, makes tropical storms stronger and longer-lasting.

    Climate change is making storms like Hurricane Florence worse

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/to...xLu0?ocid=AMZN

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    This Washington Post headline is a bit misleading. The dire prediction comes from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study. In effect, the NHTSA told Trump that we can't stop global warming so he may as well go ahead and reduce fuel efficiency standards and not worry about greenhouse gas emissions. Yeah, let's just sit back and relax and not waste our time trying to prevent warmer temperatures, warmer oceans, droughts, melting glaciers, dying coral reefs and coastal flooding.

    Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...c5d_story.html

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