Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Now

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Pennsylvania continues its efforts to address climate change with the first meeting of the
Climate Change Advisory Committee, Acting Department of Environmental
Protection Secretary John Hanger
said recently
.

The advisory committee was established under the Pennsylvania Climate
Change Act
and signed by Governor Edward G. Rendell signed in July.

“So much of the world around us is dependent on a stable
climate,” said Hanger. “As the effects of climate change increase, industries
like agriculture and tourism could suffer, infrastructure systems may fail,
ecosystems will face an increasing number of invasive species, and regions will
be exposed to new diseases that may threaten the public health. We’re looking
to come up with the best thinking and the best approaches to solving this
pressing problem.”

The Act established a 21-member advisory committee that is
charged with advising the Department of Environmental Protection to implement
laws, create a report on potential global warming impacts on Pennsylvania, and develop an action plan for
cost-effective strategies to reduce or offset the state’s greenhouse gas
emissions.

Pennsylvania’s
Climate Change Act will also provide a means by which businesses can
voluntarily track emissions, emissions reductions and offsets through a
registry. 

 

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