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Forget hurricanes, the real threat to Md. is the rising sea level

Your editorial "Don't take hurricanes lightly" (June 7) noted the threat hurricanes pose to Maryland, but the oceans hold much deadlier and persistent danger: Sea level rise.

Based on their observations, the vast majority of climate scientists are convinced that the burning of fossil fuels is causing climate change. A warming planet causes sea levels to rise, and sea levels have already risen eight inches, according to the International Panel on Climate Change.

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A 2013 report from the Maryland Climate Change Commission found that sea level rise in Maryland could be as high as two feet by 2050, and more than five feet by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions don't decline.

To put that in perspective, five feet of sea level rise would put 3,700 miles of state roads underwater.

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The Greenhouse Gas Reductions Act requires Maryland to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, and it is up for renewal.

In addition to helping to stabilize our climate it would have an estimated $1.6 billion in statewide benefits and support 37,000 Maryland jobs.

Maryland should renew the Greenhouse Gas Reductions Act to maintain its position as a national leader in facing the climate change crisis head-on.

Jamie DeMarco, Baltimore

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