22 Mar '12, 12pm

Nine low-tech steps for community resilience in a warming climate

Nine low-tech steps for community resilience in a warming climate

Over the past 50 years, our average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. That is fact, not opinion. Scientists say that under current trends, average US temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher by the end of the century. This is not abstract, nor are the effects limited to the developing world. These changes will have - indeed, are already having - major effects on our cities, suburbs, and towns. Chicago is becoming warmer. So is Orlando. So are Spokane and Dallas. So are smaller towns such as Louisville, Colorado and suburbs such as Gaithersburg, Maryland. Everyone has weather, and everyone’s weather is getting warmer. By fits and starts, to be sure; but, if you don’t believe it, ask a landscaper. The serious impacts beginning and yet to come are not pretty and, as my colleague Kim Knowlton has reported, even the insurance industry ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/nine_low-tech...

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