As Heat Wave Hits U.S., Chicago Readies with 50-Year Forecast

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chicago's Near North neighborhood after a rainstorm. (Flickr user ifmuth)

A heat wave is hitting much of the United States, and some states say they’ll soon be reeling from the effects of climate change. Chicago’s long-term forecast looks like a scene from a horror movie: lethal and extreme weather, including blizzards; a termite invasion, and even a 1.5 foot drop in the depth of Lake Michigan.

In response, Chicago's city planners have put a plan into effect to redesign the city to accommodate the 50-year forcast. Aaron Durnbaugh, the deputy commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Environment, joins us to speak about the plan.


Aaron Durnbaugh

Produced by:

Duncan Wilson

Comments [3]

Olivia from Chicago

Great that this is being focused on. Chicago is doing a lot -- some of the activities are focused on here: .

Jul. 13 2011 01:27 PM
Mike from ct

NO we are not doing enough for our climate change. Start with not allowing any more black asphalt,period. Close down all the drive through, we'd save on fuel and emisions and we could all lose an ounce or two by walking. Change our street lights to solar as they do in Norway,they save a lot of money on there utilities.All these sensable and doable suggestions, I'll probably never see in my life time especially if the gop continue to unfortunetly thrive(:(

Jul. 13 2011 08:13 AM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

Yes, Global Climate Change is real. Yes there Will be less drinking water, less oil and gas, less food, less clean air, more suffering, more dramatic and unpredictable weather, higher sea levels, mass human migrations, more nasty bugs and diseases... and less money to address all of this. And what are we doing about it?

Essentially nothing.

Why does anyone listen to (or worse, elect) the deniers?

While it didn't matter if some "flat earth" idiots denied that the earth was round; it DOES MATTER if influential world leaders deny that our climate is changing and WE NEED TO CHANGE TOO.

Sorry, Children of the Future - for some reason , adults who should be protecting you, don't want to or don't care.

Jul. 13 2011 06:39 AM

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