Local Group Releases Climate Change Report Environment Illinois Pushes for Policies That Curb Carbon Emission, Promote Energy Efficiency

By Zawislak, Mick | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 31, 2007 | Go to article overview

Local Group Releases Climate Change Report Environment Illinois Pushes for Policies That Curb Carbon Emission, Promote Energy Efficiency


Zawislak, Mick, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Mick Zawislak Daily Herald Staff Writer

Having trouble keeping warm as the coldest thrust of Arctic air this season approaches the Chicago area?

Consider a recent report from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: 2006 topped the past nine years that have been among the 25 warmest on record in the contiguous United States - an unprecedented historical streak.

In Illinois, environmentalists and legislators plan to try to combat what they say is the threat of climate change.

What is expected to be a series of suggestions and policy directives begins today with the release of a report outlining steps to reduce Illinois' contribution to global warming.

Environment Illinois, a 20,000-member citizen-based group, is scheduled to introduce the 75-page report today at press conferences in Chicago and Waukegan. The local event is 1 p.m. at Waukegan city hall, 100 N. Martin Luther King Jr., Ave.

The report deals with 13 policies already in place in other states designed to curb emissions and contribute to energy efficiency. Ten states have adopted such plans to curb pollution and use new technologies and conservation practices, according to Environment Illinois.

Several Illinois legislators and other interest groups will attend both press conferences.

"We don't have any time to waste, so we should think about acting accordingly," said Rebecca Stanfield, Environment Illinois director and co-author of the report. "The statistics are pretty alarming."

NOAA reports the rate of warming has accelerated over the last 30 years and represents a long-term trend "which has been linked to increases in greenhouse gases. …

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