TITLE

Emissions mitigation opportunities and practice in Northeastern United States

AUTHOR(S)
Moomaw, William; Johnston, Lucy
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies for Global Change;Jun2008, Vol. 13 Issue 5/6, p615
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Climate change is creating substantial and growing impacts on the Northeastern United States. As the world's seventh largest contributor of heat trapping carbon dioxide, the region will play a critical role inmoving towards stabilizing global concentrations at a level that avoids serious adverse consequences. The Northeast region is well positioned to be a leader in technology and policy innovation for reducing emissions, and can drive national and international programs that are essential to providing a safer future climate. This paper summarizes technological mitigation options and measures as well as opportunities for public and private actions to reduce emissions. The authors propose a '3% solution' of annual emission reductions to put the Northeastern United States on an emissions reductions path that is consistent with the level of reductions necessary to avoid dangerous climate change. The 3% solution requires a combination of policies that will reduce the energy imbedded in the region's infrastructure and technologies, and individual action to choose the lowest emitting of available technologies and practices.
ACCESSION #
34448203

 

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