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Del. Climate Video Featured on DNREC YouTube Channel

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DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's YouTube channel showcases climate change and the challenges of preparing for it in a new video that was posted this week.

According to officials, Gov. Jack Markell has made meeting the challenges of climate change in Delaware one of the top priorities of his administration. Officials said that under Markell's leadership, and building on the best available science, the state is working with federal agencies, conservation organizations, academic institutions, businesses, county and local governments, communities and residents to take action.

According to DNREC, this new video will detail how climate change is already impacting Delaware by bringing higher temperatures, rising sea levels and increasing rainfall to the area.

Scientific evidence shows average temperatures in Delaware have increased over the last century and are expected to continue to rise, officials said. 

According to DNREC, sea levels rose an average of 13 inches over the past 100 years, threatening Delaware as SLR plans to accelerate over this century. Many communities statewide face increasing risks of flooding, officials said. 

DNREC said that with planning tools in place, including Markell's Executive Order 41, they are spearheading the state's effort against climate change, by taking steps to prepare Delaware for emerging climate impacts.

According to DNREC, these efforts include:

- To adapt to sea level rise, heavier rainfall and related flooding, by changing their approach to land use decisions and infrastructure planning.

- To strengthen infrastructure through beach replenishment, dike reconstruction and other projects.

- To reduce greenhouse gas emissions through state-of-the-art pollution controls and switching to cleaner burning fuels at power plants.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/DelawareDNREC for more information on DNREC's climate change plans.

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