‘Ground zero’ for sea level rise is New Jersey, new climate data suggests

AMANDA OGLESBY / USA TODAY / ASBURY PARK PRESS – Human-made gas emissions are speeding up sea level rise around New Jersey and, in tandem with coastal storms, will cause more frequent flooding for decades to come, according to a new report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Rutgers University.

“Climate change is the single-biggest environmental challenge that we face, not only in New Jersey, but around the nation and the globe,” said state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe.

Rutgers scientists behind the report, released Thursday, said their work aims to help New Jersey communities prepare for changing coastal conditions and more precipitation …

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