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How much has the climate warmed since the first Earth Day in 1970?

The United States as a whole has warmed by 2.6 degrees. Connecticut is outpacing that.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The first Earth Day was celebrated 52 years ago in 1970.

Since that time, global climate change has accelerated due to human activity.

According to Climate Central, the U.S. has warmed by 2.6 degrees on average, since 1970.

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Ninety-nine percent of the 246 cities analyzed across the country have warmed since 1970, 69% of which have experienced at least two degrees of warming.

Connecticut is among the fastest warming states since 1970, coming in at number eight. Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont also made the top ten.

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Recent IPCC reports review the escalating impacts of climate change on people and nature and assess ways to limit global warming and minimize further harm to people and the planet.

Ryan Breton is a meteorologist at FOX61 News. He can be reached at rbreton@fox61.com. Follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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