How about something a bit different today? Is this scaremongering or should we heed the warning?
From the Philly Inquirer:
Climate change will wallop New Jersey by 2100, endangering lives and causing tens of billions of dollars in losses, according to a recent report issued by the University of Maryland.
The study, part of a project that looked at eight states, was prepared for the National Conference of State Legislators. It follows an international shift toward research on the economic consequence of climate change and adaptation policies rather than how to prevent the change.
“If there’s a bottom line in this research, it’s that delaying action carries a significant cost,” said Matthias Ruth, director of the university’s Center for Integrative Environmental Research and the study’s author.
If global warming continues unabated, the report predicts:
New Jersey’s coast, including Atlantic City, will flood every one to two years, potentially endangering 60 percent of the state’s population and threatening $106 billion in real estate.
Heavily paved Camden will broil in summer, driving up heat-related deaths 55 percent by 2020.
Lacking cold winters, Jersey orchards will stop bearing apples and berries.
Native birch, beech and maple trees will disappear from the state’s forests.
Low-lying access roads could flood, cutting off ports and jeopardizing $100 million in commercial fishing and $42 billion in manufacturing.
“New Jersey will experience among the hardest hits” in the nation, said Ruth, whose organization also researched the economic effect of global warming on Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio. Four more case studies are due out in the fall.
In the last century, New Jersey has experienced rising temperatures, increased precipitation, more frequent severe weather, and a sea level rising at nearly twice the average rate worldwide, according to the report, made public on July 23.
If climate change progresses unchecked, the study predicted, an estimated 1 percent to 3 percent of the state’s 210-mile shoreline will be inundated by 2100.
As conditions worsen, tourists will stay away, resulting in an economic loss of more than $3.7 billion a year as early as 2017, researchers concluded. Also lost would be 40,000 jobs.