10 May '11, 12pm

Cities Have Deep Toolboxes for Dealing With Climate Change

OAKLAND, CA β€” In facing the looming presence of climate change, cities, like businesses, have a grab bag of tactics to choose from to shrink their carbon footprints. Youngstown, Ohio, for example, could save up to $1 million and reduce it's reliance on coal-fueled electricity by switching the bulbs in street lights and modernizing buildings. But not only do cities need to find ways to cut their carbon, they need to take actions that, while not necessarily reducing emissions, prepare themselves for the effects of climate change like rising sea levels and hotter days. Two recent reports, one looking at Youngstown's emissions and another focused on how the San Francisco Bay Area needs to prepare for a changing world, show the range of issues cities need to study, improve or prepare for. Global Green USA helped Youngstown with a carbon emissions inventory, finding that electri...

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