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This article discusses global warming from a planning perspective. Global warming, which can be attributed in large part to the burning of fossil fuels, is likely to lead to warmer temperatures; changing rainfall patterns; stresses on wildlife, crops and ecosystems; and a general intensification of weather, including an increased frequency of extreme events such as heat waves, floods and storms. Since sea levels are almost certain to rise, increasing the risk of floods, planners need to think about what this means for the infrastructure, especially near the ocean or in low-lying areas. These changes mean that planners can no longer rely on the historic record as a harbinger of future events. Few studies have been done on the local consequences of global warming, further complicating the planner's job. Although planners can take some measures to mitigate global warming, such as following green building codes and smart growth strategies, these steps would do little in the short run to protect the planet from dangerous levels of greenhouse gases. One of the most important first steps is to get planners to start thinking and talking about the global warming problem.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 8-13
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  • Accession Number: 01003808
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 17 2005 1:14PM