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Climate Change
Science of Climate Change
Mist over a lake
View of Richmond shoreline overlooking Kellers Beach
A balance of naturally occurring gases dispersed in the atmosphere determines the Earth’s climate by trapping solar radiation, a phenomenon known as the greenhouse effect.

Overwhelming evidence suggests that modern human activities are increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. These activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels for transportation and electricity generation, introduce large amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere. Collectively, these gases intensify the natural greenhouse effect, causing global average surface temperature to rise, which is in turn expected to affect global climate patterns.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a warming trend of about 1.0 to 1.7° occurred from 1906-2005. Scientists expect that rising temperatures, changing weather patterns, drought, flooding, and sea level rise will be felt at the local level.

What You Can Do
A few small changes at home, at work, and on the road can lead to big reductions in GHG emissions and environmental impact. Learn more about what you can do to reduce GHG emissions: 

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Calculate your carbon footprint using the Berkeley Institute of the Environment’s CoolClimate Calculator.

Government Action
The City of Richmond recognizes that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are contributing to global warming and that the City must act quickly to reduce these emissions, both through its municipal operations and by inspiring change throughout the community. Learn more about the actions that the City of Richmond is taking to reduce its GHG emissions and environmental impact: 




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