Gov. Charlie Baker signs order to help curb climate change

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed an executive order that pledges a state effort to address climate change through steps including the reduction of carbon emissions.

Baker on Friday called the order an important step toward protecting public health and safety, as well as the state’s natural resources. The Republican was joined by lawmakers from both parties in making the announcement.

While short on specific steps, the order calls for the development of a statewide climate adaptation plan and requires cabinet secretaries to appoint a climate change coordinator in each of their departments. It also promises assistance to cities and towns in coping with impacts from global warming.

A 2008 state law calls for a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts by 2020, as compared to 1990 levels.

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