News and Highlights in July 2020
The newest tool to call attention to climate change may be comedy, writes RCI Affiliate Lauren Feldman in her book A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has released the 2020 Scientific Report on Climate Change, reports NJ Spotlight and NJ.com. The report details the effect of climate change on New Jersey, including predictions of higher temperatures, rising seas, bigger storms and disruptions to human health and wildlife. The report will be followed in September by a strategy on how the state will respond.
More New Jersey homes may be at risk for flooding than federal numbers suggest. First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research group, used Rutgers-led development of sea-level rise projections to identify 14.6 million properties at risk compared to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s identification of 8.7 million properties at risk. The new calculation takes into account sea-level rise, rainfall and flooding along smaller creeks not mapped federally.
The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL) and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind install a new lidar wind data collection system, reports Renews.biz. The instrument will collect data to accurately calculate energy production from wind projects, also contributing to Rutgers’ research on sea breezes and coastal storms.
The Northeast Climate Adaptation Fellowship Program has opened applications for commercial farmers who grow vegetables and/or small fruit, and agricultural advisors who work with vegetable/ small fruit farms. RCI Associate Director, Marjorie Kaplan is a member of the leadership team for the Climate Adaptation Fellowship and helped develop its curriculum along with RCI affiliates Janice McDonnell and Richard Lathrop. Dan Ward, of Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center is a member of the Vegetable and Small Fruit Team. Farmers and agricultural advisors from the following states are eligible to apply: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. Participants in the Climate Adaptation Fellows program will enhance their knowledge of climate change and greenhouse gas mitigation, experiment with or evaluate adaptation management practices, and encourage other farmers to explore farm-specific climate change adaptation measures through this peer-to-peer curriculum. Applications due October 1, 2020.