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Marylanders Want More Renewable Energy According to New Survey

A new survey from George Mason University in partnership with the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland demonstrates strong support for increasing the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources, like solar and wind, and mandated increases in the amount of renewable energy provided by electricity suppliers. The full report and an accompanying infographic can be downloaded here.

Published: October 15, 2014
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Adapting to Climate Change & Sea Level Rise: A Maryland Statewide Survey, Fall 2014

Sea levels are on the rise and the likelihood of extreme storms and flooding is increasing according to NOAA and Climate Central. According to the report, more than 183,000 people, 116,000 homes, $42 billion in property value and 3,400 miles of roads in the region sit on land less than 5 feet above local high tide lines and are at risk for increased flooding in the next few decades. However, a 2014 statewide public survey report on climate change and sea level rise revealed that a majority of Marylanders (53%) don’t even know whether sea level rise is currently happening. The good news is 73 percent of Marylanders say they would like local and state governments to take actions to protect their communities against climate harms, and 55% say that protecting coastal areas from sea level rise should be a high or very high priority for the state’s General Assembly and the governor. It is more important than ever that we educate Marylanders about the impacts of sea level rise so that they can be better prepared to adapt to these changes and support smart solutions to deal with the problem.

Published: September 15, 2014
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What We Know: The Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change

The overwhelming evidence of human-caused climate change documents both current impacts with significant costs and extraordinary future risks to society and natural systems. The scientific community has convened conferences, published reports, spoken out at forums and proclaimed, through statements by virtually every national scientific academy and relevant major scientific organization — including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — that climate change puts the well-being of people of all nations at risk.

Published: March 18, 2014
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Clean Energy for Resilient Communities: Expanding Solar Generation in Baltimore’s Low-Income Neighborhoods

This report, prepared for The Abell Foundation, makes recommendations for expanding the use of solar generation for community development in Baltimore. The paper concludes that the best way to do that is to expand the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) with battery storage to enable low-income populations to benefit from the long-term savings that can be realized through the use of renewable energy, and to protect vulnerable populations from the damaging effects of power outages in severe weather events.

Published: February 12, 2014
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