Election talk: climate change, clean energy

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The need for New Jersey, like the rest of the world, to act more urgently to tackle and adapt to climate change was a recurring theme during an online panel discussion hosted by NJ Spotlight News as part of his “ New Jersey Decides 2021: Election Conversations ” series.

The hour-long event, held on Thursday, October 7, focused on the impacts of climate change in New Jersey and the state’s actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on the transition to a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.

With a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning that the world is running out of time to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, the panel wondered why the problem rarely emerged during the governors campaign. this fall in New Jersey.

The participating panelists were Robert Kopp, director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, co-director of the Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience initiative and lead author of the Sixth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on climate change; Ken Lacovara, Dean of the School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University; and Scott Weiner, director of SAW Associates, former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection & Energy and former chairman of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

Tom Johnson, energy / environment reporter for NJ Spotlight News and Jon Hurdle, correspondent for NJ Spotlight News, hosted the event.

You can watch the roundtable by clicking on the arrow in the image above.

Don’t miss the second and final Governors’ Debate on Tuesday, October 12, hosted by NJ Spotlight News, NJ PBS and Rowan University.


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