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Climate Change


Wildlife Corridors in Frederick County: Conserving Nature in Maryland's Appalachian Heart

~ Responding to Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss by Creating an Enduring Landscape through Green Infrastructure


One consequence of Frederick County’s population growth has been the loss and fragmentation of habitat on which many plants and animals depend. Some species are now classified by the State of Maryland as rare, threatened, or endangered. Add to this local challenge the global one of climate change. Many plants and animals that we know and treasure are in trouble. Their habitats are changing and their food sources are, in some cases, disappearing. Fortunately, we already have the tools we need to make a difference on these related challenges. By focusing locally, Frederick County can lay a cornerstone for creating a grand Appalachian Climate Corridor.
(© 2023 Karen Russell)


Climate Change Working Group
Founded in 2016, the Climate Change Working Group’s mission is to assist Frederick County administrators and residents in adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change through responsible planning, education and advocacy. 
Contact: Karen Russell, Founder,

Mobilize Frederick vs Climate Change

Join Mobilize Frederick’s Executive Director, Karen Cannon and Board President Barb Trader, to lean how the Mobilize Frederick workgroup has identified steps for government, businesses, community organizations and residents to create a safer, healthier and more resilient community in response to climate change.


Mobilize Frederick seeks to advance economic vitality, equity, and human health by promoting innovative and effective local solutions to the growing climate emergency.

Scientific Consensus: Earth's Climate Is Warming

Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.


Temperature data showing rapid warming in the past few decades, the latest data going up to 2021. According to NASA, 2016 and 2020 are tied for the warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. The eight most recent years have been the warmest. Credit: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies


This graph, based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ancient ice cores and more recent direct measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased dramatically since the Industrial Revolution compared to paleoclimatologic (past climate) measurements over the past 800,000 years. (Credit: Luthi, D., et al.. 2008; Etheridge, D.M., et al. 2010; Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record.)


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