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Monday 08/26/13

EPA Videos Suggest Climate Change Responses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a series of public service announcement videos focused on a number of ways the agency says consumers can take action to combat climate change.

According to an EPA news release Monday the videos cover a range of topics including climate change causes and effects, "actions Americans can take to reduce their impact and the benefits to the economy of addressing climate change.

"The new video series supports the president's climate action plan by encouraging American families to reduce the amount of energy they consume, cutting down on their utility bills and protecting people's health," the EPA release said.

"On June 25, president Obama announced his climate action plan to cut carbon pollution and prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change.

"A warming climate can adversely impact water supplies, agriculture, power and transportation systems as well as health and safety of Americans and the nation's economy. These videos show that there are simple things that all Americans can do to help."

In addition, the news release includes a link to an EPA website providing information about potential CC risks to all regions of the country, basic information about the causes, and a number of steps that can be taken in response.

According to a March 2013 Gallup survey when respondents were asked, "And from what you have heard or read, do you believe increases in the earth's temperature over the last century are due more to the effects of pollution from human activities or natural changes in the environment that are not due to human activities?," 57% said human activities, 39% said natural changes.

When survey respondents were asked "Do you think that global warming will pose a serious threat to you or your way of life in your lifetime?," 34% of respondents said yes and 64% said no.

The survey found that when respondents were asked about when global warming effects will begin, 54% of respondents thought that they have already begun to happen.

Watch the EPA video series here, http://www.youtube.com/…

Access EPA's website on climate change here, http://www.epa.gov/…

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Posted at 1:56PM CDT 08/26/13 by Todd Neeley
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