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Credit: Adina Voicu from PixabayThe report called for “steep and permanent” reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions within the “next several years.”
New Jersey has met a short-term goal of trimming carbon emissions but must make radical changes to transportation, electric generation, construction and industry if it is to achieve a much bigger reduction by the middle of the century, the Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday.
In a report on progress toward a legal requirement of cutting emissions by 80% from 2006 levels by 2050, the DEP called for “steep and permanent” reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions within the “next several years.”
Unless the state puts itself on a path to rapidly phase out fossil fuels and adopt renewables on a wide scale, its people will see the increasing effects of climate change including sea-level rise, increases in temperature and precipitation, chronic flooding, bigger storms and longer droughts, the “80×50” report said.
“Minimizing these risks requires immediate, decisive, long-term commitments across all levels of government and sectors of the economy to facilitate the steep reductions of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions that are necessary to protect New Jersey’s economic, social, and environmental vitality,” the 201-page report said.
Regular update on emissions goals
The DEP is required …
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