In 2013, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) published a summary of the potential impacts of climate change, along with climate vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies. This report came after several years of regional initiatives to prepare DC for the risks and effects of climate change, including:
- The National Capital Region’s Climate Change Report in 2008 which established greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals
- The creation of a Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC) to provide leadership on environmental issues in 2009
- The CEEPC’s adoption of a Workplan in 2010
- Collaboration between the COG and the Environmental Protection Agency to create a EPA guidebook on smart growth and climate adaptation
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s help training local officials on conducting vulnerability assessments in their communities.
- The COG’s summary provides regional sea level rise and subsidence rates for the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, and the Anacostia River, and also reviews the major climate change risks for the area. These risks include flooding, urban heat islands, and Chesapeake Bay warming, among others
Finally, some researchers have focused on the intersections of race and environmental justice in Washington, DC, including the African American Environmentalist Association whose work shows how “race is the dominant factor in determining exposure to pollution” in the city.
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