Climate Change

Climate Change and Regional Impacts

Climate change refers to the consequences that occur when greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere from something as big as a power plant or from something as small as a car fuel pipe. Unlike other gases, greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane have the ability to trap the sun's heat and make the Earth's climate warmer. It is predicted that our area will likely see the following consequences in climate and weather according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):

  • Increased heat
  • Decreased snowfall
  • Increased precipitation events
  • Increased drought
Over 100 years of data have been collected for this region. The average annual temperature, as measured in Beltsville, has risen by 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, sea levels in the District of Columbia have risen almost 10 inches over the past 80 years. By 2020, it is conservatively predicted we will see 10% more annual precipitation and another 1.5 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase.

Joan Rohlfs & Joe Meinert Speak on Climate Change

Joan Rohlfs from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Joe Meinert, the City of Bowie's Planning and Economic Development Director, talk about the impacts of climate change in our region. This presentation was part of a Community Climate Action Series that ran from October 2013 to January 2014.

Watch the full presentation.

What Can Be Done?

The key to reducing the impacts of climate change in Bowie is collectively lowering our individual greenhouse gas emissions. The City conducted a Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and found our biggest emitters are our residential and transportation sectors.

This means you, your family, and your neighbors, will have to work together in order to make a difference. Your choices will have the biggest impact on climate change in our community. Learn what you can do to reduce your emissions by reducing your energy use and using alternative transportation.