Global warming turns up the heat
CHICAGO/MANLIUS — A Bureau County farmer joined Sen. Dick Durbin Wednesday morning for the release of a new report on the impact of weather disasters on Illinois residents.
Keith Bolin of Manlius and Durbin were on hand for the release of a new Environment Illinois report, “In the Path of the Storm: Global Warming, Extreme Weather, and the Impacts of Weather-Related Disasters in the United States.” The report examines county-level weather-related disaster declaration data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 2006 through 2011 to determine how many Illinoisans live in counties hit by recent weather disasters. Environment Illinois is a statewide environmental advocacy group.
The report found 97 percent of Illinoisans live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006. The report highlighted two weather-related disasters that took place in Illinois last year: The spring flooding of the Mississippi River which killed seven people and caused up to $9 billion in damages; and the Groundhog Day blizzard, which killed 36 people in the Midwest and inflicted $1.8 billion in damages.
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