Environment

Climate & Energy

Climate change is a major environmental issue affecting both human health and natural ecosystems. When fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas, are burned carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, where it builds up and traps heat. This will likely increase the frequency and strength of extreme weather events, increase heat-related illness, and worsen air quality. In metropolitan Washington, there has already been a rise in average annual temperature and sea level in the Potomac River and these trends are expected to continue. 

COG's Climate and Energy Program is one of the nation's first initiatives to address heat-trapping emissions on a regional level. The program provides a roadmap and tools to communities seeking more sustainable options for growth and development. Communities in the region are implementing renewable energy, energy efficiency, purchasing green power, facilitating electric vehicle adoption, and other programs to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The region has met its 2012 goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions back down to 2005 levels. COG will continue to work with its regional partners to meet the 2020 goal of 20 percent below 2005 level. In addition, COG’s climate preparedness work supports communities in making responsible decisions to manage future climate risks.

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