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All hope is not lost, America

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2020 is coming and pollution too. /Cagle Cartoons
By Ann McFeatters

WASHINGTON _ So, we have just learned that not only are we destroying our planet much faster than we thought, but also we _ and our children _ are going to live a shorter life than we expected.

The U.S. decision to pull out of the international climate treaty, designed to reduce fossil fuel emissions destroying the protective atmosphere that keeps us from burning up, is spurring other countries to stop trying. If the world's powerhouse economy is unwilling to do more to save the Earth, why should much poorer, struggling economies do more, they argue.

Within 30 years, 160 million people along highly populated coastlines in and some of the world's largest cities will be fleeing for their lives. Millions more, including many in the U.S. breadbasket, will find droughts causing them to flee for their livelihoods.

In the last 100 years, lifespans grew longer and longer, as medical science boomed, as prevention of major diseases burgeoned and as such basics as clean water and air improved.

That is no longer true. Since 2010 there has been no improvement in the........

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