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GERMANY IS LOCATED in Central Europe, and in recent years has emerged as a leader in the fight to combat global warming. A modern nation of 82.4 million people, with a stable and diversified economy, Germany has a highly developed industrial, commercial, and agricultural infrastructure, all of which will face challenges as the climate begins to change. Like the rest of Europe, Germany expects to see more extremes in its weather patterns, with milder, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers. Steady distribution of rainfall throughout the year will likely give way to long dry periods, punctuated by sudden, heavy downpours. Most models project an average temperature increase of 0.18–0.81 degrees F (0.1–0.45 degrees C) per decade, and an increase in precipitation increase of 5–10 percent ...

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