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DNREC YouTube Channel features
new Delaware Climate Impact video
DOVER (March 19, 2015) - Delaware confronts climate change and faces the challenge of preparing for it in a new video airing this week on the DNREC YouTube Channel.
Governor Jack Markell has made meeting the challenges of climate change in Delaware one of the top priorities of his administration. Under Gov. Markell’s leadership, and building on the best available science, the State of Delaware is working with federal agencies, conservation organizations, academic institutions, businesses, county and local governments, communities and residents to take action.
As the new video details, climate change already is impacting Delaware, bringing higher temperatures, rising sea levels and increasing rainfall. Scientific evidence shows that average temperatures in Delaware have increased over the last century, and are expected to continue to rise. Meanwhile, sea levels rose an average of 13 inches over the past 100 years, threatening Delaware as SLR accelerates as expected over this century. And many communities statewide face increasing risks of flooding.
But with planning tools in place, including Gov. Markell’s Executive Order 41, DNREC is spearheading the state’s effort against climate change, by taking steps to prepare Delaware for emerging climate impacts.
- To adapt to sea level rise, heavier rainfall and related flooding, we’re changing our approach to land use decisions and infrastructure planning.
- We’re strengthening infrastructure through beach replenishment, dike reconstruction and other projects.
- We’ve made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through state-of-the-art pollution controls and switching to cleaner burning fuels at power plants.
And, according to a 2014 survey, the majority of Delawareans support these efforts:
- 79 percent are convinced climate change is happening now.
- 76 percent think immediate action should be taken to reduce the impact of climate change.
- 65 percent believe they can personally take action to reduce climate change.
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