Thursday, June 22, 2006
Global Warming and NJ Beaches
When scientists consider the effects of global warming, there is a lot they don't know. But one thing's for sure: Sea levels will rise. This rising water will be felt along the artificially maintained beaches of New Jersey, even on the ocean bluffs of California. According to a 2000 report by the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, at least a quarter of houses within 500 feet of the U.S. coast may be lost to rising seas by 2060. There were 350,000 of these houses when the report was written, but today there are far more. "If it is as bad as people are saying, at some point it will be a crisis," said Thomas Tomasello of Tallahassee, Fla., a lawyer for many coastal property owners. "I cannot deal with sea level rise," he said. "That's such a huge issue."