Tag: Maryland Greenhouse Gas Act 2009

People Power: Fixing Climate Change Happens in Annapolis

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Global greenhouse gas reducing targets will be executed at the state level bringing solutions closer to home.
Global greenhouse gas reducing targets will be executed at the state level bringing solutions closer to home.

The adage ‘think global, act local’ also refers to climate change. Us ‘little people’ have more power than assumed, as these sweeping climate change initiatives – future Paris climate treaty and the Clean Power Plan – are actually legislated and executed state-by-state. Maryland’s state senators and delegates, in concert with Governor Hogan, will legislate greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy regulations. Did you know that Baltimore legislators are eco-power-brokers, and chair both the Senate and House environmental committees. Who knew you were so powerful and could impact climate change closer to home?

Md. Climate Scientist: “Baltimore Summers Will be Long and Intolerable”

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Md. northern hardwood trees will likely disappear and pines will become more abundant.
Md. northern hardwood trees will likely disappear and pines will become more abundant.

It makes sense that as our planet’s glaciers quickly melt due to global warming, Maryland’s coastal communities will be hit hard. But how will climate change impact Baltimore?

The answer to that mack-daddy question is summed up in Maryland’s climate change report: Global Warming and the Free State. Maryland’s own climate expert and a key author of the report, Dr. Donald Boesch, highlighted a few interesting Baltimore-specific changes we can expect. Dr. Boesch is the President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. In short, climate change will affect you and everyone you care about as Maryland’s weather, temperatures, rain events, coastlines, birds, waterways, and trees will all change.

Dr. Boesch points out, “The latest climate news is that we now have first-time analysis from the international science community that the world can stabilize global warming for a livable planet.” Maryland has been a leader in this effort with the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009. Now we just need to put the pedal to the metal. 

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