An increase in fatalities in New York could be the result of human-caused climate change, according to a report released Tuesday by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
In a report to be presented to the Legislature, the agency estimated that more than a half-million people could die in New England from the effects of climate change and the impact of ocean acidification.
According to the study, which is based on data collected by the US Geological Survey, about a third of the total number of fatalities are in New Hampshire, followed by Vermont, New York and Connecticut.
The authors of the report said that it is not clear how the death toll could rise further.
In the coming decades, New Jersey could be one of the areas in the country experiencing more extreme weather, said David J. Lasko, an assistant professor of geography and climate at Rutgers University.
The state’s average temperature could increase by as much as three degrees Fahrenheit (two degrees Celsius), Laskos said.
But even with climate change in mind, Laskowos said it is important to remember that people are still being exposed to extreme weather.
“We have to look at the people, not the climate,” he said.
“And what we are seeing in New Zealand is a very large amount of extreme weather,” Laskol said.
“And we need to look across the United States, we need more of that.
If we are going to look beyond climate change into the future, we are talking about extreme weather in New Orleans.”
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