Maryland has experienced climate changes over the past century experiencing warmer winters, wetter autumns and springs, and drier, hotter summers. With more itís vast shoreline, Maryland is the fourth most vulnerable State to the effects of climate change and rising sea levels. In December of 2012 Governor Martin OíMalley issued a Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Executive Order that will ensure all new and renovated state structures and other improvements are planned and built to avoid or minimize future flood damage.
Adaptation Phase II: Building Societal, Economic and Ecological Resilience
The Maryland Commission on Climate Change released its Phase II Strategy for Reducing Marylandís Vulnerability to Climate Change on January 24, 2011. The report outlines strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, increased temperature and changes in precipitation within the following sectors: Human Health; Agriculture; Forest and Terrestrial Ecosystems; Bay and Aquatic Environments; Water Resources; and Population Growth and Infrastructure.
Ahead of the Curve