L.I. might not become 'Waterworld,' but . . .
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The good news is this: From 2008 to 2012, the U.S. reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 9 percent, even though population increased, the report states. We’re headed in the right direction. Now we must continue to reduce our carbon footprint.
For information on how to do that, check out the Climate Assessment Report at www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change.
The Northeast by the numbers
• Between 1895 and 2011, temperatures in the Northeast increased by almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Coastal flooding has increased due to a one-foot sea level rise since 1900, which exceeds the global average of eight inches.
Source: National Climate Assessment Report
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