Environment Massachusetts
New England Public Radio News
Anne Mostue

A Massachusetts environmental group today released a report on Thursday outlining how global warming could lead to greater frequency of extreme weather events across the country. Representatives from the organization Environment Massachusetts gathered in Holyoke to talk about the report and to present an interactive map using data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They document which counties and how many people were hardest hit by 2011 weather-related disasters, including the June tornadoes, Hurricane Irene, and the October snowstorm.

"Millions of people in Massachusetts have lived through extreme weather, causing extremely big problems for our economy and our public safety. And given that global warming will likely fuel even more of these extreme weather events, we need to cut dangerous carbon pollution now."

The report is being released as Massachusetts officials consider ways to improve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, the first-in-the-nation cap on the carbon pollution that fuels global warming.