The state of Delaware recently released “Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report,” highlighting the state’s progress toward meeting the challenges of climate change and outlining steps forward.

In 2013, Gov. Jack Markell issued an executive order directing state agencies to address the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and to protect Delaware from current and future impacts. As a result, state agencies developed the Climate Framework for Delaware, which outlines more than 155 recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to rising heat and sea levels. Now, the state has released its 2016 progress report to update Delawareans on the state’s climate action.

“Our state has repeatedly proven that protecting our environment also protects and strengthens the health and prosperity of our citizens, communities and economy,” said Markell. “We’ve taken important steps by investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency and cleaner fuels, moving toward our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. We’re also making our low-lying state more resilient to sea level rise through projects such as dike and beach restorations.”

“The progress we have made must continue,” Markell said. “Together, we can continue to prepare for and mitigate the effects of climate change, supporting Delawareans’ health and safety, promoting economic opportunity and addressing one of the greatest threats to the future of our state, our nation and our planet.”

The progress report also includes a comprehensive appendix detailing the progress of each of the Climate Framework’s adaptation recommendations.

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