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    Several states and many big corporations including Walmart, McDonald's and Citigroup are determined to meet the goals of the Paris climate change accord despite Trump pulling the US out of the agreement. California Governor Jerry Brown, who will host a global climate summit in September, laments that we are just beginning to see the environmental damage caused by Trump's action:

    Governor Brown says fallout from Trump quitting Paris accord is 'far more serious than anyone is saying

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-n...601-story.html

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    Global temperatures are getting warmer. Facts and figures do not lie. Unfortunately there are still a few people who don't believe the facts and figures. We all know who they are.

    May heat smashes US temperature records
    CBS News, Jun 6 2018 1:10 PM

    Record heat returned to the United States with a vengeance last month. May warmed to a record average 65.4° in the contiguous 48 states, breaking the high of 64.7° set in 1934, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. May was 5.2° above the 20th century’s average for the month. Weather stations in the nation broke or tied nearly 8,600 daily heat records in May. Minneapolis reached a high of 100° on May 28, the earliest the city has seen triple digits. The United Kingdom, Germany and other places also set May heat records.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/may-record-heat-noaa/

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    World leaders, with one exception, want clean air, clean water and clean energy. One leader wants dirty air, dirty water and dirty coal. I'll give you one guess who he is.

    Six of the G7 commit to climate action. Trump wouldn’t even join the conversation.
    Trump skipped the formal climate discussions, had the US negotiators promote fossil fuels instead and then renounced the group's official communiqué in a Twitter tirade.

    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/1...-france-canada

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    Pretty soon, the penguins will have to start building rafts.

    Antarctica's ice sheet lost 3 trillion tons of ice between 1992 and 2017. The rate of melting has tripled since 2012, a new study finds.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/antarct...-study-nature/

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    At the rate the oceans are rising due to global warming, Fresno, Riverside, Palm Springs and San Bernardino might be coastal cities in a few hundred years.

    Southern California's coastal communities could lose 130 feet of cliffs this century as sea levels rise

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...627-story.html

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    The high in Los Angeles tomorrow is predicted to be between 104 and 113°. Coastal cities will be in the 90s. The long hot summer has begun.

    Heat wave builds in western US after leaving more than 30 dead in northeast, midwest and Canada

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/to...DoM2?ocid=AMZN

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    As I write this, the temperature in Los Angeles is 113°. It's 109° in Calabasas, 113° in Woodland Hills, 115° in Palm Springs and 116° in Death Valley. Yikes!

    Southern California heat wave breaks records
    CBS News, Jul 6 2018

    Southern California is baking under a heat wave today that forecasters correctly predicted would be one for the record books, with widespread triple-digit highs and increased fire danger. Torrid conditions are expected to last through Saturday before easing a bit Sunday.

    In downtown Los Angeles, it was only 10:15 AM when the mercury topped the July 6 record mark of 94° set in 1992 and kept on rising, hitting 100 before noon. Many other areas were sweltering in record triple-digit temperatures earlier. Many Southern California locations reported temperatures above 80 degrees before dawn. At 3 AM, it was 98° in Gaviota on the Santa Barbara County coast. Maximum temperatures are predicted to be 20 to 25 degrees above normal virtually everywhere. Woodland Hills, for example, is forecast to reach 117°.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/souther...ay-2018-07-06/

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    In the above story, the temperature in Woodland Hills was expected to reach 117°. It did -- and it was deadly.

    US Postal worker found dead in California after delivering mail in extreme heat
    MSN, Jul 10 2018

    A 28-year US Postal worker was found dead in her truck Friday after delivering mail when temperatures reached nearly 120 degrees in Southern California. Peggy Frank, 63, was found unresponsive in her truck around 3 PM Friday in Woodland Hills. Paramedics arrived at the scene and pronounced the grandmother dead after several attempts to revive her.

    The exact cause of death was not released but Frank’s family believes heat exhaustion may have led to her passing. Friday was Frank’s first day back on the job after she was placed on medical leave for a broken ankle. Robert Tipton, a neighbor of Frank, said, "It was almost 120 degrees outside. When I came out it was just a wall of heat just hitting you. It's one of the hottest days I've ever experienced out here in the valley."

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

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    Here is an insightful column by UC Santa Barbara environmental politics professor Leah Stokes in today's Los Angeles Times. She says we can "link many recent disasters and weather events to climate change" but, unfortunately, "reporters are trained to distinguish weather from climate." She concludes, "The science is clear. Reporters need to start using it."

    Climate change is behind the global heat wave. Why won't the media say it?

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed...715-story.html

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    Global temperatures have now been above average for 402 consecutive months. That's almost 33 years. But there's no cause for alarm: Our President says global warming is just a hoax.

    June 2018 was earth's fifth-warmest June on record, NOAA says

    https://weather.com/news/climate/new...2018-noaa-nasa

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