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Climate Change

Goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%

Goal: Increase the resilience of our communities, natural systems, and infrastructure to climate risks 

Cities are at the forefront of both the causes and effects of climate change. Urban areas are estimated to be the source of approximately 80% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the same time, urban areas located on a coast like New York City face increased climate risks. Accordingly, cities have a responsibility to deal with both the causes and effects of climate change.

New York City has always faced climate risks, including heat waves, snow storms, high winds, tropical storms, storm surges, lightning, and tor­rential downpours. These events affect every New Yorker, and as our climate changes, they will become more frequent and severe. We need to reduce our contributions to climate change, and simultaneously be ready for its effects.

PlaNYC report on  Climate ChangePlaNYC 2011 chapter on Climate ChangeDownload the chapter (in PDF)