Climate Clips: Montgomery County saw 30% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions between 2005 and 2020

Montgomery County’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 30% between 2005 and 2020, according to recent findings from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Activists, officials say more work needed to reach 100% reduction goal by 2035.

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