Great Lakes Wisconsin Solution
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• 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 Wisconsin
Climate Change Solutions
Three complementary approaches are needed to address the challenges that a changing climate poses to Wisconsin:
Reduce heat-trapping emissions
Wisconsin has taken the lead with 12 other states to enact a minimum renewable electricity standard. This step along with the state climate change action plan, are the first steps in implementing energy policies that promote renewable energy.
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. Wisconsin has also taken the lead by requiring large carbon dioxide emitters to report emission levels to the Department of Natural Resources. Many other emitters have also reported emissions voluntarily in order to receive future credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Other approaches to reducing overall emissions are also important. Pilot projects in manure-to-energy recovery and forest carbon sequestration also have a role to play in finding solutions to greenhouse gas emission reductions.
To learn more about these and other solutions download Global Warming Solutions: Reducing Heat-Trapping Emissions in the Great Lakes Region.
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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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