Opinion: From Paris to NJ – State climate action must trump reversals

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JANET TAURO / NORTHJERSEY.COM – This is a climate emergency. The latest science is alarmingly worse than expected. Warning that we have about a decade to slash greenhouse emissions by 45% to avoid cataclysmic climate change.

As glaciers melt, sea levels rise, and extreme weather with increasing severity and frequency becomes the new norm, New Jersey, the nation’s most densely populated state, will become deadly if innovative and immediate steps are not taken to address climate change. The time for talk and debate is over. Yet the Trump Administration denies the crisis and officials in Trenton aren’t doing enough, fast enough.

In 2015, the Paris climate accord committed the world to holding the increase in global average temperature to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels …

Janet Tauro is chair of Clean Water Action’s New Jersey Board.

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