08/04/2008 - 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.
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New Jersey has been "relatively aggressive" in its policies to address global warming, said Judi Greenwald, director of innovative solutions at the Pew Center for Global Climate Change in Washington.
It is a member of the multistate Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a market-based program to reduce power-plant emissions, Greenwald said. It also has a renewable portfolio standard to encourage production of cleaner electricity and a "clean-car" program to reduce vehicle emissions.
Read the full article Climate Change Could Cost N.J. Billions on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.
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