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Climate Change

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We are already experiencing the effects of climate change. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already taking place. These changes are linked to the climbing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels for energy.

By taking action to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas pollution that warms our planet, we can reduce the risks we will face from future climate change. EPA, businesses, and individuals all have an important role to play.

Photo for 'EPA': Two men in waders monitoring a stream EPA is taking common-sense steps to address climate change through voluntary programs and standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote resilience, and support a strong economy.

Photo for 'Partners': A group of people wearing suits talking around a wooden conference table In 2014 alone, over 19,000 organizations and millions of Americans partnered with EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut wasted energy, and save money.

Photo for 'You': Two people fishing in a bay by a bridge. Everyone can play a part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Learning about the issues is the first step in protecting our planet for future generations.