5 ways N.J. says climate change will affect our health – NJ.com

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Climate Change

The first major change to New Jersey’s sweeping report on the impact of climate change focuses on the potential future health outcomes for residents statewide, officials announced Tuesday.The roughly 200-page report, the “Scientific Report on Climate Change” released in June 2020, served as a summary of peer-reviewed research and outlined what that research meant for New Jersey specifically. This week’s 61-page addition delves into what the increase in natural disasters and severe weather due to climate change may mean for the health of residents.“The impacts of climate change on human health and communities are anticipated to exacerbate existing environmental and public health disparities,” Judy Persichilli, the state’s health commissioner and Shawn LaTourette, commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, said in a joint letter early in the report.Children, seniors, people with chronic health problems and those in low-income and underserved communities already facing pollution and other environmental issues will suffer the most, they added.Dave Pringle, a spokesperson for both the non-profit Clean Water Action and a coalition of environmental groups called EmpowerNJ, told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that while the latest study was comprehensive, more action should be taken by the state to address ongoing climate change-related issues.“It’s great to document all of the problems from the climate emergency and it’s great the administration has made lots of announcements about plans to address it. But other than offshore wind, New Jersey at best is treading in floodwaters,” Pringle said. “The rules to significantly reduce climate emissions are at best stalled and the rules to keep people and property out of harm’s way of these climate-induced floodwaters have been totally hijacked by the road lobby, and developers that make money building homes where people drown.”In the latest report, officials from the Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection said “raising awareness” of the health risks linked to climate change will help New Jersey better tackle problems in the future.Here are five interesting takeaways from the report.1. The problem of displacementWhile most of the …

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