Great Lakes Indiana and Solutions
• Climate in the Region
• The Report
• Technical Background
• For Teachers
• Migrating Climates
• Water Resources
• Sense of Place
• Solutions where we Live
• Reducing our Emissions
• Managing our Response
• Ten Personal Solutions
Climate Change in Indiana
Climate Change Solutions
Three complementary approaches are needed to address the challenges that a changing climate poses to Indiana:Reduce heat-trapping emissions in Indiana
Powerplants and motor vehicles account for nearly two-thirds of heat-trapping emissions in Indiana, while industrial emissions count for nearly one quarter. Identifying the major sources of heat-trapping gas emissions thus helps Indiana to tackle the problem at the source and to find the most appropriate ways for Indiana to minimize its contribution to this global problem. 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.
Programs that encourage energy efficiency such as The Industrial Energy Efficiency Fund (IEEF), also play a role in reducing emissions. The IEEF works directly with Indiana manufacturers to increase the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes. Indiana also has a Public Facility Energy Efficiency Program which provides loans to schools, public libraries and others to identify and implement energy efficiency projects.
In addition, overall emissions can be reduced through projects that encourage carbon sequestration. Forest carbon sequestration projects are underway on land owned or managed by The Nature Conservancy with funding from utilities looking for opportunities to offset some of the heat-trapping gas emissions from energy production.
To learn more about these programs and other ways to reduce emissions in the Great Lakes region see the technical appendix Reducing Emissions of Heat-Trapping Greenhouse Gases.
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Minimize human pressures on the environment
Although there are many steps we can take to reduce the severity of climate change, some changes are already underway and will continue for decades or more. Therefore, society must begin planning and preparing to manage future impacts that cannot be avoided. Such actions include: protecting wetlands—which provide key flood control services and improve local water quality; examining adaption options in the local fisheries, agricultural and forestry practices, as well as improvements in the health care system to accommodate changes in the climate and environment.
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. 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.
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