SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois is joining 29 other states in an effort to track emissions of greenhouse gases.
The organization, called the Climate Registry, will create standards to measure, track and report greenhouse gas emissions consistently across state borders and track progress over time.
Governor Rod Blagojevich says states can't wait any longer for leadership from the federal government on how to address global warming.
Illinois E-P-A director Doug Scott says the Climate Registry is a crucial step toward addressing the issue.
Companies and other organizations can voluntarily report emissions to the registry beginning in January 2008.