Climate and Resilience


Scientists with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree, “most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic [human-generated] greenhouse gas concentrations.” The climate of the Chesapeake Bay region is changing—Locally, Baltimore is vulnerable to the effects of climate change in a variety of forms.

  • Rising sea levels threaten real estate and infrastructure.
  • Increasing annual temperatures create higher demand for cooling our homes and businesses and also air quality hazards for public health.
  • Rising water temperatures threaten the delicate fabric of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

In 2012, the City of Baltimore authored the Climate Action Plan (CAP), designed to proactively reduce greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously providing numerous economic, health, and social benefits for Baltimore’s residents, businesses, governments, and institutions.

Utilizing the goals and strategies created in the CAP, the City of Baltimore is continually working to manage risks associated with climate change—protecting vulnerable populations and creating adaptation strategies for systems and infrastructure.

The City of Baltimore seeks to provide all citizens with the resources and information to;