TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Scientists have Georgia on their minds when
it comes to the future of New Jersey’s climate.
The Union of Concerned Scientists says the climate of the nine
northeastern states could become like that of the South by the end
of the century unless greenhouse gas emissions are steadily
The advocacy group’s report is the most detailed regional report
yet on the issue.
It says longer, much hotter summers, warmer winters with less
snow and other changes fueled by global warming could put
significant strain on the power grid and health care system.
Farms, forests, marine fisheries, recreation and tourism would
also take a hit.
The group and university scientists who worked on the report say
the impact could be much lower if carbon dioxide emissions are
reduced by three percent each year.
Without changes, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will feel
like Georgia by century’s end. Less emissions would give the region
more of an eastern Virginia feel.
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