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For many Americans, dramatic climate change has already arrived

Chris Mooney shows us where to see the future of climate change right now. Michael Kranish on President Trump’s relationship with his late alcoholic brother. And Timothy McLaughlin and Gerry Shih explain the clashes in Hong Kong.
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What going beyond 2° C looks like
For the past five years, Earth has been about 1 degree Celsius warmer than in pre-industrial times. But that’s just an average. Some parts of the globe have already registered changes roughly twice as big.

That puts states like Alaska, Rhode Island and New Jersey and spots in Southern California, the border with Canada and the Rocky Mountains at or beyond environmental guardrails laid out in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. These regions are a strong gauge for what the future holds, says climate reporter Chris Mooney – and it’s a sobering view. 

That’s according to an analysis of 100-plus years of temperature data by a team of Washington Post journalists, who analyzed and mapped data from NASA and NOAA, peer-reviewed scientific studies and climatologists across the United States.

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President Trump says he regrets how he dealt with his alcoholic brother
President Trump has famously said that he is not a drinker because he saw what alcohol did to his older brother. 

Fred Trump Jr. struggled with addiction for much of his life, before he died in 1981 of a heart attack. In an interview with political reporter Michael Kranish, the president acknowledges the mistakes he says he made with his brother and how they have informed his policies today. 

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Protests erupt at Hong Kong airport
Protesters and police clashed at the Hong Kong airport on Tuesday. Beijing correspondent Gerry Shih was there and describes the scene as “complete chaos.” 

Demonstrations are on their tenth week. Protests began over an extradition bill that has been stalled, but demands by protestors have transitioned over time, reporter Timothy McLaughlin says. “This is without a doubt the largest protests and biggest political crisis the territory has experienced since 1997, when the territory was handed back from the British to the Chinese.”

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