Opinion: How workers, local unions can take the lead on climate change

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Construction worker, new jersey environment news

TODD E. VACHON / NJ.COM – The bad news on climate change just got even worse.

A report issued earlier this month by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides the starkest warning to date on the real and immediate threat that global warming poses to human existence.

The report finds that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the atmosphere will warm by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels by 2040. This will submerge coastlines, intensify droughts and wildfires, increase the frequency and strength of extreme storms, and worsen food shortages and poverty …

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