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Climate Change

New York's Office of Climate Change

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DEC's Office of Climate Change works to connect environmental and energy policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase resiliency for the State, empower its communities, and provide low-carbon options for all New Yorkers.

  • Contribute to stabilization of global atmospheric greenhouse gases at levels that minimize harms.
  • Promote and facilitate investment in a green economy and green jobs in New York.
  • Achieve climate resiliency for New York State and its communities

Impacts of Climate Change

Undesirable climate change impacts frequently outweigh the possible benefits. Impacts are projected for public health, natural resources, agriculture, transportation, tourism, water supply and quality, public infrastructure, energy, and many other sectors.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Choices we make now can reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and diversify our economy.

  • Sources of Greenhouse Gas
  • Transportation Sector
  • NY Emission Reduction Goals

What is New York doing about Climate Change?

Climate change is already occurring, and some additional change is inevitable. New York is adapting to new conditions and preparing for these changes to protect its citizens and reduce the costs of recovery.

  • Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA)
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
  • Statewide programs and plans

Community Action on Climate

The Climate Smart Communities program provides support and assistance for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate adaptation at the local level.


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