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On April 20, 2007, Governor Martin O’Malley established the Maryland Climate Change Commission charged with collectively developing an action plan to address the causes of climate change, prepare for the likely consequences and impacts of climate change to Maryland, and establish firm benchmarks and timetables for implementing the Commission’s recommendations. IAN staff were contracted with work with UMCES President Don Boesch and MD DNR staff to produce two specific chapters in The Climate Action Plan Final Report which was released on August 27, 2008. The newsletter and poster were additional science communication products produced by IAN.
Our goal is to develop a suite of indicators that will reflect resource resilience to impacts related to sea level rise, increased water temperature, changed precipitation patterns, and increased storm intensity and frequency. The suite of indicators will be integrated into the Chesapeake Bay Report Card. We estimate that this process will be achieved over a two-year period and will be an important evolution in the Chesapeake Bay Report Card, and for environmental reporting globally. One key objective is to develop a suite of indicators that will: i) reflect natural resource resilience to climate change impacts in Chesapeake Bay; ii) assist natural resource managers in ensuring the sustainable future of Chesapeake Bay; and iii) increasing awareness of potential climate change impacts to the natural resources and stakeholders of Chesapeake Bay and increasing awareness of measures to reduce these impacts.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is currently working in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to enhance the ability of agencies and local governments to enact new laws, policies, and outreach programs that will assist the State of Maryland and her citizens to adapt to a changing climate.
In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020.