The effects of climate change in New Jersey are already here. They’re everywhere.

Mantoloking Sandy damage

SCOTT FALLON and ANDREW FORD / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks are an increased threat in New Jersey because they are living longer lives due to extended warm months and mild winters.

Some of the state’s largest and most popular lakes have been inundated by algae blooms this summer due to an exceptionally wet year and exceptionally warm July.

And fish that once swam in abundance off the coast of New Jersey have migrated north in search of cooler waters.

Climate change is no longer an abstract concept or future threat, scientists say. It’s effects are being felt all over New Jersey, from Shore towns facing increased coastal flooding to Meadowlands communities that were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and inland communities dealing with increased flash flooding from more intense rainfall …

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