global warming

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 Global warming could cause hundreds of deaths in the Chicago area by the year 2080 — if preventive policies aren't enacted. That’s according to a report by the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Maureen McKinney recently spoke with Julian Reif, an economist, who is one of the study's authors. He says not only could there be substantial loss of life because of  consequences of global warming — but the costs associated could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.

To read the report, go to igpa.uillinois.edu.

Dick Durbin
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

As Democrats in coal states rush to distance themselves from new federal regulations intended to address global warming — Senator Dick Durbin says Illinois is in a good position among coal-producing states.

The Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama says states have to gradually cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent based on 2005 levels.

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mattpenning.com 2014 / WUIS/Illinois Issues

Americans’ opinions about global warming are ever-changing and seem to be shaped in part by their political beliefs, the economy and their perceptions of the scientific community. 

Maybe this isn't the best moment to bring up the subject of global warming.