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Dire UN climate report pushes Maryland climate action

Climate Change and EnergyLydia SullivanComment

The recent United Nations climate report finding dire risks to humans as early as 2040 necessitates the need for climate action here in Maryland. The landmark UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report found that severe effects of climate change would occur at a lower warming threshold than previously thought, 2.7 degrees versus 3.6 degrees.

The major report shows why we just can’t wait to move to 100 percent clean renewable energy in Maryland and away from dirty energy sources such as coal-fired power.

The IPCC report indicated that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, coastlines worldwide will be inundated, and extreme weather, including droughts, will create havoc. Climate change will create poverty of historic proportions and increase refugee crises. An international group of scientists convened to analyze more than 6,000 studies and to write the report, a goal of the 2015 Paris climate accord. The report warns of mass coral die-off, wildfires, food shortages and trillions in damage to economies around the globe.

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