Great Lakes New York Solutions
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• Reducing our Emissions
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• Ten Personal Solutions
Climate Change in New York
Climate Change Solutions
Three complementary approaches are needed to address the challenges that a changing climate poses to up-state New York:
Reduce heat-trapping emissions in New York
Policy at the national level would also support the development of renewable energy sources, 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.
Support from state energy policies that promote renewable energy such as New York's statewide climate change action plan currently under development also play an important role in promoting clean energy solutions. In 2003, New York Governor George E. Pataki initiated a solutions process with a regional scope—currently known as The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI or "ReGGIe"). RGGI is a cooperative effort by 9 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (one of the primary heat-trapping gasses). The RGGI participating states, including New York, will be developing a regional strategy for controlling greenhouse gases, which are not bound by state or national borders. Central to the initiative is the implementation of a multi-state cap-and-trade program, with a market-based emissions trading system. The proposed program, which will require electric power generators in participating states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, is planned to be designed by April 2005. More information on these and other solutions is availalbe in Global Warming Solutions for the Great Lakes Region.
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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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