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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The transportation sector is the leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the US (US EPA, 2017), with a majority of those emissions coming from passenger travel; that is, the cars and light trucks on US roadways.
The science behind the existence of climate change is unequivocal (IPCC, 2014) and well-recognized as a serious threat to human and environmental health. In the United States, there have been climate-related increases in temperatures, more frequent and severe weather events, more frequent and severe wildfires, degraded air quality, and food- and water-borne diseases, and general stress affecting mental health and well-being (US Global Change Research Program, 2016, 2018).
Equity and Inclusion
While everyone will be affected by health impacts of climate change, some groups are especially vulnerable. These include low-income communities, some communities of color, older adults, people with disabilities, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (US Global Change Research Program, 2016). Because climate change is deeply connected to health and racial inequities, it is essential to link environmental and racial justice with climate change efforts. Mitigation and adaptation efforts should prioritize those most impacted by climate change.
Guides & Reports
Research Reports & Briefs
Fact Sheets & Infographics
Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emission Measures: A Resource for Local Government to Assess Emission Reductions from Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measures
California Air Pollution Control Officers' Association, 2010
Model Policy & Code