Global warming hit Philly hard in 2007

    A new report shows that a global warming trend is continuing in the Philadelphia area. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports.

    A new report shows that a global warming trend is continuing in the Philadelphia area. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports.

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    Nathan Willcox of the group PennEnvironment says the report shows in 2007 the average temperature in Philadelphia was 1.2 degrees above the historical average.

    Willcox: As any parent with a sick child knows a small rise in temperatures can have a big effect and the findings of our report clearly show that temperatures are on the rise not only in Philadelphia, a finding that is consistent with the predictions of global warming so it’s more clear than ever that we really do need to get serious about cutting global warming pollution.

    Willcox says there needs to be a change in pollution rules to stop the global warming trend.

    Willcox: At the federal level we need to be enacting policies that will guarantee that we’re getting a lot more of our energy from clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar. We also need to be overall cutting our energy use through aggressive energy efficiency and conservation measures and we need to be drastically decreasing the amount of pollution that comes from our cars and trucks. That means making cars that go further on a gallon of gas but then also expanding public transportation so that people have to drive less overall in the first place.

    He praised members of the area congressional delegation who sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter asking for help crafting bills on the global warming issue.

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