The PBS Newshour has put together a special topics page all about climate change. This page, Coping with Climate Change, aggregates all Newshour coverage on the topic. There are some great pieces here that help to examine the on-the-ground reality.
Chicago has 2 coal fired power plants within its City limits. That is just unheard of these days. These mega-polluters have been around for 100 years, spilling CO2 into the atmosphere and blanketing the city in toxic chemicals (including the resident’s lungs!). Today, Mayor Emmanuel and Midwest Generation (owner/operator of the Fisk and Crawford plants) agreed on plan to close one by the end of 2012 and the other in 2014. This is amazing! Rejoice!!