By James Gignac, Lead Midwest Energy Analyst,
Union of Concerned Scientists Blog
Excessively hot weather spread across the Great Plains and Midwest states last week. On Friday, Chicago faced heat indexes well above 110 degrees, and many other areas endured dangerous heat warnings and advisories. According to a sobering new report issued earlier this week by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the heat impacts of climate change will bring increasingly frequent extreme heat events such as these if we don’t take aggressive action to mitigate global warming pollution.
The report, Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days, is scary news—but it’s also a call to action. Clean energy is moving forward in the Midwest and that’s a good thing. By pursuing rapid emission reductions, we can work to lessen the brunt of extreme heat we’ll face in the years to come. Continue reading here.
Sarah Sung, UCS Midwest Clean Energy Policy and Outreach Intern, assisted in preparing this blog post.
Midwest Initiatives & Resources Referenced in This Article
- Omaha-based Tenaska developing 2,000 MW of solar in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Market
- Iowa Governor To Lead Midwestern Governors Association With Focus On Transmission, North American Windpower
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