What "To-Do" about Climate Change in San Francisco
One of the greatest challenges we face from the threat of climate change is that it's no longer just a threat. It's here; it's upon us. And as much as we - and our government - talks about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, developing electric cars and weening ourselves off foriegn (or any) oil, it's really not happening at a fast enough rate. The consequences are already being realized. So, the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) has come up with a new report called "Climate change hits home" that is more or less a "to-do" list on how to combat the effects of climate change on a local level.
It's garnering attention from the SF Examiner and Bay Citizen who cite some of the reports recommendations including encouraging "local public works departments [to] plant more trees in cities, promote the use of white roofs and use light-colored concrete for footpaths" in response to climate change caused heat waves. There's also suggestions for emergency services dealing with climate related issues.
The question now becomes, will local governments and agencies take this report and enact it? Take a read. Do you think these suggestions are valuable or a waste of resources?