Climate experts discuss impact of carbon emissions on New Jersey

Mike Dougherty
April 25, 2019 - 2:02 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There was a two-hour hearing in Trenton on Thursday on the effects of climate change in New Jersey. A recent study finds two out of three people are concerned about global warming, but their level of understanding varies greatly. 

Each expert present at the hearing agreed the world is getting warmer and humans are responsible. Carbon emissions are the key contributor, and the impact on our enviornment is felt every day.

"Six of the seven warmest calendar years on record in New Jersey have occurred during this decade," said Dr. Anthony Broccoli from the Rutgers Climate Institute. 

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Broccoli says the effects are more pronounced at the Shore.

"Sea level rise along the New Jersey coast has been more rapid than the global average because the land is sinking at the same time water levels are rising," Broccoli said.

He says it's critical to transition to solar and wind energy. The state's goal is net zero emissions by 2050.

Jad Daily, president of American Forests, says trees in big cities are more valuable than you might expect.

"It's actually urban forests that are doing the majority of pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and storing them in forests today," he said.

And he says building with wood instead of steel is actually better for the enviornment.