How well is New Jersey coping with the lessons taught by Hurricane Sandy -- a superstorm that caused at least $30 billion in damage and took the lives of 34 people?
That issue surfaced repeatedly yesterday at the inaugural conference held by the newly established Rutgers Climate Institute: “Bridging the Climate Divide: Informing the Response to Hurricane Sandy and Implications for Future Vulnerability.’’
The wide-ranging conference focused on a number of topics related to extreme weather, ranging from how well the policymakers and the public understand the factors that led to the hurricane, to the response to the storm and lessons learned so far, to what climate change indicates for the future vulnerability of the state.
With sea levels rising, temperatures in the ocean and the atmosphere climbing, and the prospect of heavier precipitation likely, scientists from Rutgers University agreed that extreme storms are likely to happen again and again in the future.
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