Paris Climate Conference: How will Michigan and its businesses adapt?

Dec 2, 2015

The 2014 summer flooding event in Detroit fits the global warming pattern, according to reports such as National Climate Assessment.
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In 1997 world leaders met Kyoto, Japan to set goals to curb carbon emissions in response to the threat of global climate change. While some nations strove to meet those goals, other countries ignored them. Almost 20 years later, the world community is meeting again to come up with a global plan to fight climate change. 

The University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute's Andy Hoffman joins Stateside Host Cynthia Canty to explain some of the many challenges facing the world at large, and Michigan specifically, when it comes to slowing down carbon emissions. Energy legislation in Lansing may have to be altered depending on the outcome of the Paris Climate Conference. 

Rather than focusing on the negatives, Hoffman points out the amazing adaptability of humans and the malleability of the market forces. Hoffman notes how businesses and corporations are now part of the discussions to reduce carbon emissions and how they can play a leading role.