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Time to act on climate change

The UN-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned that we must drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels if we are to avoid irreparable damage to the planet.

Ocean acidification, desertification and melting polar ice prove that climate change is already upon us. According to the IPCC, "reducing emissions is crucial if global warming is to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius — a target acknowledged in 2009 as the threshold of dangerous climate change."

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The panel says we must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and increase our renewable energy use to 80 percent by 2050. The report suggests that immediate preparation and implementation of sustainable energy is best for the future environment, economy and government.

We can ensure that our nation, for the first time, heeds the United Nations' warnings. Join the Chesapeake Climate Action Network in asking state lawmakers to pass legislation requiring Maryland's clean energy to reach 40 percent by 2025. Maryland needs your help to ensure a sustainable — and livable — future.

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Sara Spaur, College Park

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