Despite the reduction of greenhouse gases by Boston and many other cities across the world, the global climate will continue to change for many years because of human’s contribution of pollution to the Earth’s atmosphere.
We are already noticing the effects of climate change here in Boston. We must adapt to the changes that have already occurred, and begin preparing for those to come. The 2014 City of Boston Climate Action Plan Update builds upon themes found in the 2011 Plan that integrates climate preparedness into all planning, program development, and project reviews undertaken by the City. It also advances implementation through increased community and intergovernmental engagement. As it has for many years, the City will strive to lead by example in preparing its own facilities and systems.
The City continues to monitor measures of risk, including sea-level averages, average annual temperature, number of days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and precipitation patterns. The City is also working with local experts and other cities to understand and develop better indicators of urban and community preparedness that can be used to establish more concrete goals.