Se­na­tors urge ac­tion on climate change

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EAS­TON — Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., have joined a res­o­lu­tion out­lin­ing key find­ings of the re­cent In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Climate Change re­port and the Novem­ber Na­tional Climate As­sess­ment, a news re­leases states.

The res­o­lu­tion af­firms the sign­ing mem­bers’ recog­ni­tion and ac­cep­tance of th­ese find­ings, and calls for bold ac­tion to com­bat climate change. The se­na­tors were joined by 23 of their Se­nate col­leagues on the res­o­lu­tion.

The In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Climate Change re­port found that the North­east re­gion of the United States, which in­cludes Mary­land, will see the largest tem­per­a­ture in­crease in the coun­try — warm­ing will oc­cur here as much as two decades be­fore global av­er­age tem­per­a­tures reach a sim­i­lar mile­stone.

The re­port finds the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay will ex­pe­ri­ence stronger and more fre­quent storms, an in­crease in pre­cip­i­ta­tion events, an in­crease in Bay wa­ter tem­per­a­tures and a rise in sea level.

“The Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to bury this new re­port be­cause it doesn’t align with the pres­i­dent’s com­pletely un­hinged claim that climate change is a ‘hoax,’” Cardin said. “Un­for­tu­nately for them, ig­nor­ing facts never suc­ceeds in mak­ing them any less true. The con­se­quences of our in­ac­tion on climate change can be found ev­ery­where, from the record-break­ing wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia to the re­peated, his­toric flood­ing in El­li­cott City.

“This re­port high­lights how th­ese and other climate con­se­quences will have an in­creas­ingly cat­a­strophic ef­fect on our econ­omy — un­less we act now.”

On Oct. 8, the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Climate Change re­leased a re­port out­lin­ing the con­se­quences of ris­ing global tem­per­a­tures and the ways that climate chaos will be­come sub­stan­tially worse as the planet con­tin­ues to ex­pe­ri­ence prein­dus­trial lev­els of warm­ing.

The re­port showed the dif­fer­ence be­tween warm­ing of 1.5 de­grees Cel­sius and

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2 de­grees

Cel­sius is sub­stan­tial, and lim­it­ing warm­ing to

1.5 de­grees

Cel­sius is af­ford­able, fea­si­ble and nec­es­sary to pro­tect peo­ple from the worst im­pacts of climate change.

The re­port con­cludes un­less the cur­rent path of climate change is slowed, mas­sive im­pacts, such as lim­ited wa­ter sup­ply avail­abil­ity, sea-ice free Arc­tic sum­mers, mass die-offs of coral reefs, and in­tense and un­prece­dented heat waves, will be­come re­al­ity as soon as 2040.

“The Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s most re­cent re­port con­firms the dras­tic costs of climate change, many of which we’re see­ing al­ready in lives lost and prop­erty de­stroyed,” Van Hollen said. “But as th­ese costs mount and we con­tinue our calls for ac­tion, the pres­i­dent does ev­ery­thing he can to deny and con­ceal the facts.

“Con­gress must fight back. I will con­tinue work­ing at the fed­eral level to move for­ward on poli­cies that ad­dress climate change, in­clud­ing my pro­posal to cre­ate a car­bon cap and div­i­dend pro­gram that would re­duce car­bon and put money back in the pocket of ever y sin­gle Amer­i­can. It’s past time that we take mean­ing­ful ac­tion on climate change.”

On Nov. 23, the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­leased the Na­tional Climate As­sess­ment, a con­gres­sion­ally man­dated re­port from Amer­i­can climate ex­perts through­out the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

De­spite what many see as the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s at­tempts to bury the re­port on Black Fri­day, the re­port has gained wide­spread at­ten­tion for its alarm­ing find­ings, which in­clude ev­i­dence the United States al­ready is feel­ing the ef­fects of climate change and con­clu­sions that the na­tion will suf­fer thou­sands of deaths and over $500 bil­lion per year in crop dam­age, lost la­bor and ex­treme weather dam­ages by 2100.



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