Monday, August 18, 2008
Closer to home
A recently published report (http://www.cier.umd.edu/climateadaptation/NewJersey%20Economic%20Impacts%20of%20Climate%20Change.pdf ), produced by the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Environmental Research, states that "New Jersey’s coastal infrastructure and development are thought to be the most susceptible to the impacts of climate change. By the end of the century, 1 percent to 3 percent of New Jersey’s 210-mile shoreline is likely to be lost to rising sea levels, and 6.5 percent to 9 percent of the state’s coastal area will be inundated by occasional flooding. ... Due to the extensive development on vulnerable barrier islands such as Long Beach Island and Atlantic City, damage costs associated with a 4-foot rise in sea level (the upper end of potential sea level rise predictions) are expected to exceed $10 billion."