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Maryland's Response to Sea Level Rise - 3/22/16


The Greenland ice sheet is melting. Global temperatures are increasing. Sea level is rising. We've known this for awhile. So what's news? It's the pace of these changes.

From 1900 to 2010, the ice sheet lost over 9 gigatons of ice. But in a short recent period, the melt has been accelerating even more swiftly. It's outpaced every prediction. From 2003 to 2010 (in just seven years), the ice sheet dropped mass at more than twice the rate it did during the entire 20th century.

As chief executive officer, John Racanelli leads a team of 600 full and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Aquarium’s venue in Baltimore, Maryland, while millions more are touched by the Aquarium’s education programs, outreach activities, social media campaigns and conservation initiatives.