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Climate Change Evident Near Conference

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Negotiators working on a landmark global warming report don't need to go far to see the effects of climate change: The evidence is all around the Mediterranean resort where they are meeting. Sea water threatens to inundate rice paddies in use since Spain was an Arab kingdom in the eighth century. Seashore hotels must dredge sand from the seabed to fill-in eroding beaches. Stinging jellyfish are proliferating in the warmer water, plaguing swimmers. Bird migrations have altered. Winters have become so mild that storks and other birds stay year-round rather than migrate to Africa. But they are laying fewer eggs. The most noticeable change is the weather. "We are getting heavy rainfall, more intense, but far less rain overall." Last month, the village of El Verger was battered by the worst flooding seen in 95 years. What can be seen happening "goes beyond the incremental changes you would expect in a natural system." Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.3 degrees in the last 30 years. But it has gone up nearly twice as much in Spain, by 2.5 degrees in the same period.
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