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How Well Is NJ Prepared to Deal With and Adapt to Climate Change?

Experts say global warming will lead to increased flooding of low-lying areas and rising sea levels along the Jersey Shore. Is NJ prepared to cope?

The science is in. Climate change is a fact. And it could have a potentially devastating impact on a state with 127 miles of oceanfront.

Most experts say global warming will lead to more severe extreme weather, resulting in increased flooding of low-lying areas, rising sea levels along the Jersey Shore, and further beach erosion. This situation will impact our health networks and our transportation systems, and it will require changes to many government regulations. The economic effects could be huge.

At this critical NJ Spotlight Roundtable from February 2015, a panel of experts detailed what New Jersey is doing to deal with climate change, what it has not done, and what it should do now.

Panelists: Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, The New School; Jon Carnegie, Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms, George DiFerdinando, Adjunct Professor Department of Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health; Jess Melanson, Director of Energy Services, PSE&G; John A. Miller, Legislative Committee Chair, New Jersey Association For Floodplain Management.

Moderated by Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight cofounder and energy & environment writer.

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