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Last year ranked as the second warmest year on record for Delaware with temperatures that were 3.6 degrees above the mean average since 1895.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delaware State Climatologist Dan Leathers said that between 1981 and 2010 there was 2 degrees warmer than normal.

This has been meant a longer growing season and a delay of frosts last year.

The paper reports that from the end of December through the first week of January the state saw its longest cold snap turn into unseasonably warm weather by mid-January.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is joining a bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

In a letter Wednesday, the Republican governor wrote that when President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord last year, he opposed the move. He says he still opposes Trump's decision.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's secretary of the environment says states need federal support to handle climate challenges.

The Washington Post reports state Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles sent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a letter Monday. It comes three months after Pruitt moved to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a regulation from former President Barack Obama's administration aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An international research team including Chesapeake Bay-focused scientists says the "dead zones" that have long plagued the bay have developed and worsened across the globe.

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Accomack County has been urged to back a sea wall and other efforts to fend off erosion on Tangier Island.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that County Supervisor Paul Muhly told his colleagues they should not leave the island’s residents to fend for themselves.

Board Chair Robert Crockett who represents Tangier Island in Accomack County said that a letter has been sent and signed by him to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe congressional representatives and others about the issue.

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Tangier Island will be in the spotlight tonight.

Mayor James Eskridge will appear on CNN’s Global Town Hall event with former Vice President Al Gore.

The issue: Climate Change.

Gore will be discussing his latest film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Tangier Council member Anna Pruitt-Parks called the event on her Facebook page “a pretty big deal” adding that the mayor will be debating Gore.

Tangier Island is experiencing the effects of rising sea levels produced by climate change.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions. He says the federal government has abdicated its job fighting climate change.

Trump has promised to scrap the Clean Power Plan, a centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce harmful emissions.

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In southern Dorchester County climate change is threatening one of the most important historic sites on the Lower Eastern Shore.

It’s the property that saw the enslavement of Harriet Tubman who escaped bondage only to return to the region to free other slaves.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the land designated as part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad could eventually wind up being underwater.

The forecast comes as official celebrate the grand opening of the site’s $22 million visitor center tomorrow.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - New research partly blames climate change on the loss of Virginia's saltwater marshland.

William & Mary says in a press release that these environmentally important areas support various birds and reptiles.

Researchers from the university's Virginia Institute of Marine Science say the combination of storms and sea-level rise have pushed Virginia's barrier islands further inland. In turn, salt marshes are buried.

Since 1870, Virginia has lost about 8,000 acres and 10 percent of its back-barrier saltmarsh habitat.

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The stakes could be high for Delmarva when it comes to the effects of climate change in the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the White House.

The Republican has declared climate change “a hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese.

On the peninsula great efforts have gone into plans for dealing with the loss of coastline.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the three states have serious vulnerable areas ranging from the wetlands along the Delaware Bay Shore and the Chesapeake Bay to Virginia’s coastal barrier islands.

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