CLIMATE CHANGE refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. Both human (anthropogenic) and non-human natural activities are influencing changes in the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and local environments. Changes include significant shifts in temperature; in precipitation and wind patterns; and altered ecological effects which may occur over several decades or longer. For example, over the past century, Maryland’s average temperature has risen by 1.8°F and is projected to continue rising. These rising temperatures have been accompanied by changes in local weather and climate, including more high impact weather events, longer and more frequent heat waves, and a rise in relative sea level, just to name a few.
The City of Baltimore emphasizes that it is critical for you to know what’s at risk, and understand how you will be affected. Please, take a moment to explore the information and resources found on this website.