US needs White House Climate Change Council to protect lives and economy by @greenflow

With the Zika virus spreading in Florida, it’s timely to consider how we will prepare for our increasing real-time manifestations of climate change. Once thought to be a threat in the distant future, the impacts of climate change are becoming more evident through events such as ongoing drought , extended severe heat waves , coastal and inland flooding and now possibly through what the CDC is calling an unprecedented insect transmission of a birth defect. The year 2016 is on track to become the earth’s warmest year by a significant margin , with July 2016 being the hottest month ever recorded . Besides experiencing “Black Swan” events that might be tied to climate change (like the spreading of Zika), we have witnessed over the past year record numbers of drought-induced wildfires and deadly 1,000-year inland flood events from “rain bombs” in states such as West Virginia , M...

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