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Climate Change in Illinois
Climate Change Solutions
Three complementary approaches are needed to address the challenges that a changing climate poses to Illinois:
Reduce heat-trapping emissions
By improving the efficiency of our appliances and vehicles, pursuing smart growth strategies, improving land-use practices, and supporting renewable energy generation, we can significantly reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases. For example, Illinois has the technical potential to produce nearly 85 percent of its electricity needs from wind resources, and 35 percent from bioenergy resources. Illinois should join 13 other states in passing legislation requiring utilities to increase their generation of clean renewable energy. The state Assembly is currently considering a bill that would set a standard of 10 percent renewable energy in the state's electricity mix by 2012. This standard would reduce Illinois' dependence on fossil fuels and cut emissions of heat-trapping gases.
To learn more about these and other solutions, download Global Warming Solutions: Reducing Heat-Trapping Emissions in Illinois.
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Minimize human pressures on the environment
Plan for the impacts of climate change
Changes in climate variability and weather extremes will need to be taken into consideration when implementing emergency management plans, zoning, and building codes. Resources will be needed to provide increased relief from the heat to the very young, the poor, and those whose health is already compromised. Such measures are particularly important in urban areas, such as Chicago—where citizens have already experienced deadly heat waves. These and other steps for planning for climate change in the Great Lakes region are highlighted in Managing the Impacts.
For a graphical overview of various solution options, please see the Solutions where we Live feature.
More on Illinois:
Introduction | Climate Projections | Agriculture | Human Health | Property and Infrastructure | Recreation & Tourism | Water Supply & Pollution | Wetlands and Shorebirds | Climate Solutions | Resources & Links
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Greater Prairie Chicken -- Illinois State Photo Gallery.
Solar Panels in Chicago -- Photo courtesy of NREL
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