This report contains a background on the history and structure of the Commission, updates on the progress of science and climate action in the global and local community, and an examination of potential and realized climate impacts to the State; culminating with the Commission’s recommendations for future state climate action. In order to protect the State’s economy, the local environment, and the health of its citizens, Maryland must continue to strengthen its climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. At the same time, it is important to remember that climate change is a global problem, and Maryland’s programs and policies must be part of a larger climate action plan to be broadly effective at preventing many of the costs of unmitigated climate change to the State. Maryland’s efforts contribute to national GHG reduction targets in accordance with the United States’ international commitment to reduce the impacts of global climate change; and, perhaps more significantly, can serve as model to inspire similar action from our neighboring states.
Published: November 22, 2016
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The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Climate and Health Assessment has been developed to enhance understanding and inform decisions about the growing threat of climate change to the health and well-being of residents of the United States. This scientific assessment is part of the ongoing efforts of USGCRP’s sustained National Climate Assessment (NCA) process and was called for under the President’s Climate Action Plan.1 USGCRP agencies identified human health impacts as a high-priority topic for scientific assessment.
Published: April 11, 2016
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This report updates the information contained within the 2012 GGRA Plan. The 2015 GGRA Plan Update summarizes the State’s progress toward achieving the 2020 emissions reduction goal established by the GGRA and shows that Maryland is on target to not only meet, but to exceed the emission reduction goal of 34.66 MMtCO2e by generating 38.37 MMtCO2e of reductions.
Published: October 30, 2015
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For the past three years, we have been asking Maryland residents questions about their understanding of the effects of climate change and their preferences for the state policies that fall under the umbrella of the GGRA. This year George Mason University partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in fielding the survey. This report is one of three released from the 2015 data; other reports highlight attitudes, behaviors and policy preferences on energy, and climate change policies and concerns other than public health.
Published: October 25, 2015
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