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Climate Change in Michigan
Climate Change Solutions
Three complementary approaches are needed to address the challenges that a changing climate poses to Michigan:
Reduce heat-trapping emissions in Michigan
Michigan generates 70 percent of its electricity from coal-powered plants and imports all its coal from other states. Support for energy policies that promote renewable energy can significantly reduce dependence upon coal as well as the emissions from these sources while also supporting the development of renewable energy sources, and further encouraging investment in energy-efficient technologies and cleaner burning fossil fuels. These global warming solutions have several other valuable benefits including cleaner air, economic development, and job growth.
One approach to reducing emissions from fossil fuels is to encourage the development of biomass resources such as soybeans and perennial grasses. Michigan currently has a Biomass Energy Program that encourages the use and development of energy from biomass resources through program policies, research and demonstration projects. The environmental benefits from the use of such energy crops include water quality improvements, emission decreases, and wildlife habitat improvements.To learn more about these and other solutions download Global Warming Solutions: Reducing Heat-Trapping Emissions in Michigan.
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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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