Chicago Faces the Climate Challenge
While the rapture may not have come last weekend, there are cities across the globe that are not taking any chances. As our Federal government continues to argue the very existence of climate change, cities like Chicago are integrating climate change preparedness into their long-term plans.
Chicago may be known for its bitter winters and stiff wind, but climate scientists reported that if global carbon emissions continue apace, Chicago could expect a climate similar to that of Baton Rouge’s within seventy years.
The implications of such a dramatic climate shift in Chicago would be huge. Climate modeling shows increased summer temperatures, increased precipitation, and more violent weather in general.
By implementing relatively inexpensive adaptive measures such as transforming paved surfaces and creating and expanding green corridors and roofs to prevent flooding and decrease heat-island effects, the city is positioning itself to avoid more costly climate disasters in the future.
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