Cities, climate change and a video that says it all

Wed, 2014-05-07 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Every year since 2010 the Natural Resources Defense Council, a Council Advisor, has captured the year's climate change impacts in a short video. And each year, NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner notes on his blog, it becomes more daunting to record the devastating impact on cities worldwide.

But Lehner also suggests that this may be the year that the United States does something about it. Here's an excerpt from his post:

In June, the EPA will release its first-ever proposal to limit pollution from existing power plants, which are responsible for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions. The proposal will likely be based on a blueprint created by NRDC, which demonstrates that we can cost-effectively reduce this pollution 21 to 31 percent by 2020, compared to 2012 levels. The economic benefits of the plan, from lives saved, illnesses reduced, and climate damage avoided, range from $21 billion to $53 billion by 2020 -- that’s over and above cost.

What can you do? Watch the video below for an eye-opening assessment of how bad things are. And as Lehner suggests, speak out in support of strong limits on power plant pollution.