What is climate change?
Climate change refers to changes in weather patterns on a global, continental, regional, or local scale. On a global scale, temperatures and sea levels are rising, rainfall patterns are shifting, and wildlife habitats are changing. Climate change is increasing the number and severity of hurricanes, winter storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events.
How climate change affects Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay has already begun to see affects like sea level rise, warming temperatures, and increased acidity. As sea level rises, erosion of coastal margins will likely increase turbidity and may decrease the extent of submerged and emergent vegetative habitats. These habitats are important nursery areas for many Chesapeake Bay and coastal Atlantic fish populations, including the striped bass.
How to adapt to climate change
In 2009, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009. The law requires the State to develop and implement a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% from a 2006 baseline by 2020.