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On April 22, 2016, the United States and other governments formally signed an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. This agreement was reached in Paris in December 2015 (at the 21st Conference of the Parties [COP21] meeting). Its goal is to limit the increase in the annual average global temperature rise due to greenhouse gases to no more than 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels. But this raises the question: how will the climate of a given state change by the time the annual mean global temperature reaches the agreed limit? Here, we provide an assessment for this for a number of states in the Northeast and Midwest prepared by members of the Climate System Research Center.

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