Report: N.J. will have to spend $25 billion on coastal defenses

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JOE HERNANDEZ / WHYY – A new report predicts New Jersey will have to shell out billions of dollars by 2040 to protect coastal communities from sea level rise.

The report compiled by the Center for Climate Integrity found that the Garden State will have to spend $25 billion to construct sea walls in areas with public infrastructure that are in danger of chronic flooding.

The price tag for coastal defenses across the contiguous United States will be $400 billion, the group said.

“That’s essentially trying to build the equivalent of the interstate highway system in roughly half the time,” said Richard Wiles, executive director of the Center for Climate Integrity, a project of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development …

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