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Ohio Environmental Advocate Says State Taking Steps Toward Facing Climate Change

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An alarming report breaks down the possible consequences of climate change and says the entire world is already seeing an impact. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to an environmental advocate who believes Ohio is on the right track to help avoid a grim future.

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5:50 pm

A comprehensive, international report warns that climate change is happening all around the world -- and at a faster-than-expected pace.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was partially created by a United Nations program, says the world is not well-prepared for the problems that climate change can bring.

More than 400 people contributed to writing the report, which found that high levels of warming are already affecting agriculture and water supplies. The group also claims that climate change will lead to high food prices, resulting in increased poverty and hunger.

The Ohio Environmental Council has often criticized state policies, but the OEC’s Trish Demeter said the state has implemented several policies to lessen the impact of climate change.

“We’re improving the efficiency of our existing power fleet and deploying more and more emission-free technology such as wind, solar, waste-heat recovery, in order to help meet our demand for electricity,” Demeter said.

Another report from the panel, which will evaluate options for mitigating climate change, is expected to be released later this month.

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