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NJ-Specific Studies Confirm Climate Change Is Intensifying Rainfall

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STREET ANGLERS: A trio make the most of flooding in Beach Haven after heavy rain in 2018. According to state-specific reports, precipitation intensity has increased, and is projected to continue to increase, due to climate change. (File Photo Courtesy Sandy Close) The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection has released two studies by the Northeast Regional Climate Center – a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partner – confirming increases in precipitation across the state over the last 20 years, and projecting further increases in precipitation intensity through the end of this century, due to climate change.

“While New Jersey is ground zero for some of the worst impacts of climate change, this science provides us another opportunity to ensure that our communities become more resilient,” said DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette.

“As we saw late this summer with the remnants of Tropical Storms Henri and Ida, more frequent and intense storms are our reality today, and we can expect these extreme precipitation events to continue, even worsen, in the years ahead,” LaTourette continued. “By building upon our scientific understanding, we can take the wise steps that the science demands: from planning more resilient development to enhancing our stormwater and flood control infrastructure […]

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