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Jersey Shore's future in an age of climate change

The 2017 hurricane season has already brought the U.S. three devastating storms, and the season doesn't end for another two months.

As Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands struggle to recover from Maria, Florida from Irma, and Texas from Harvey, New Jersey approaches the fifth anniversary of its own terrible hurricane.

Despite the lessons, we should have learned from the $70 billion of the damage wrought by Sandy, and the numerous storms that preceded it, our 130 linear miles of coastline and 239 coastal towns remain as vulnerable to another hurricane as they were in 2012.

Preoccupied with a desire to return the coast to its pre-storm state, we have done very little to prepare for another Sandy -- which hit our shores with 80 mph winds and a storm surge that reached as high as nine feet -- let alone a Maria, which made landfall in Puerto Rico with winds at 165 mph.  Given rising sea levels and a warming climate, the chance of another Sandy or a more powerful storm hitting New Jersey is increasingly likely.

New Jersey's municipalities urgently need state-level direction and assistance to move forward with a regional approach for climate adaptation and preparedness.

Read Full Article by Thomas H. Kean and Peter Kasabachhttp://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/10/gov_kean_rethinking_the_jersey_shores_future_in_an.html



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