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Climate Change in Minnesota
Climate Change Solutions
Three complementary approaches are needed to address the challenges that a changing climate poses to Minnesota:
Reduce heat-trapping emissions in Minnesota
Power plants alone account for nearly one-third of total emissions, due to the state's heavy reliance on coal. Support from energy policies that promote renewable energy can significantly reduce heat-trapping emissions in Minnesota and would also support the development of renewable energy sources, and further encourage 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.
Minnesota currently has in place a "renewable energy objective". This objective is presently a voluntary measure but should be changed to a requirement with gradually increased standards over time to ensure that all electricity suppliers provide 20 percent of their electricity from clean, renewable sources such as wind, solar, and bioenergy by 2020. You can learn more about these and other solutions in Global Warming Solutions: Reducing Heat-Trapping Emissions in Minnesota.
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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. 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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