SOLUTIONS Meeting the Climate Challenge
Global warming is already affecting the economy, lifestyles, and traditions of the Northeast. However, the extent of future warming-and the severity of the changes-will depend largely on the choices we make within the next few decades, both in the Northeast and worldwide, regarding our energy and land-use.
Concerted, sustained efforts to reduce emissions in the region--on the order of 80 percent below 2000 levels by mid-century, and just over 3 percent per year on average over the next several decades--can help pull global emissions below even the lower-emissions scenario described in the impacts features and avoid the most dangerous consequences of global warming. Because heat-trapping gases are long-lived in our atmosphere and certain changes are now unavoidable, we must also begin to prepare for these changes.
Explore the wide range of policies, programs, and practices, and view photos of solutions in action, for each of the region’s major CO2-emitting sources.