NRDC releases map showing 2012 weather records
There are proactive steps government decision-makers can take to minimize the impact on communities increasingly vulnerable to climate change. NRDC encourages all states to undertake the following key actions to protect public health:
- Enact plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants, vehicles and other major sources of heat-trapping pollution; coupled with increased investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- Emergency planning must incorporate risks from climate change. States and local governments should develop, prioritize, support and implement comprehensive climate change mitigation plans to address climate risks.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (must also prioritize addressing and preparing for climate change by providing guidance and resources to state and local governments.
For more information about 2012's record-breaking extreme weather events,see:
- NRDC's 2012 Extreme Weather Mapping Tool
- Kim Knowlton's blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kknowlton/
- Frances Beinecke's blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/
- Rocky Kistner's blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/
- NRDC's What Climate Change Looks Like