Impacts in the Northeast

Across the Northeast, signs of our rapidly changing climate become clearer each year. Records show that spring is arriving sooner, summers are growing hotter, and winters are becoming warmer and less snowy.

Sea level rise along the Northeast and mid-Atlantic coast is also occurring much faster than the global average. Since 1880, sea level has increased 13 inches in Boston, Mass.; 14 inches in New York City; and 20 inches in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sea level rise is also accelerating, steadily increasing the risk of destructive coastal flooding events.

Climate research shows that if global warming emissions continue to grow unabated, the Northeast can expect dramatic temperature increases and other climate changes over the course of this century. If the rate of emissions is lowered, however, projections show the changes will be significantly less.

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Global Warming Solutions in the Northeast

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Ten northeast and mid-Atlantic states are working together in a groundbreaking, first-in-the-nation partnership known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This market-based “cap and trade” program is designed to reduce global warming emissions from power plants and demonstrates the effectiveness of carefully designed and implemented market-based climate programs.

In addition, several states — including Massachusetts and Pennsylvania — have passed laws specifically designed to reduce global warming emissions.

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