Human greenhouse gas emissions come primarily from burning fossil fuels-oil, gasoline, natural gas, and coal. The general (though not unanimous) international understanding is that the world needs to reduce its total emissions by as much as 80 percent by 2050 to stabilize global climate.
Boston cannot stop climate change by itself nor eliminate all the risks. But Boston can-and must-take meaningful action. Boston can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 through more efficient buildings and vehicles, lower-carbon fuels, reduced driving, more recycling, and other changes in behavior.