How is climate change affecting New Jersey?

MARY ALICE WILLIAMS / NJTV NEWS – Climate change is real. It’s here. It’s caused by humans. That’s the conclusion of no less than three major scientific reports in as many months that warn the world is failing to make sufficient progress to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Dr. Robert Kopp, the director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, uses computer modeling to demonstrate how sea levels would rise if humans kept pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

At 9 feet — the sea levels reached by Superstorm Sandy — Port Newark, the airport and much of Jersey City would be submerged. It would set off a cascade that could washout homes and businesses, impede power lines, and cut off the supply lines for goods coming into harbor …

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