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Climate change has arrived in Vermont

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By Eleanor Lowen

Community News Service

According to an analysis based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average temperature in all Vermont counties except two has already warmed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Farenheit) relative to 1895 temperatures.  Essex and Orleans counties are above this benchmark, and Caledonia County is just below.

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the United States and other countries agreed to try to limit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Some parts of the globe warm faster than the average and Vermont occupies a very tiny fraction of the Earth’s surface.

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