Why chronic floods are coming to New Jersey

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  • Published on:  Saturday, June 2, 2018
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    Scientists have directly observed sea level rise since the late 18th century. And as they forecast the next 20, 50, and 100 years, sea level rise will continue to accelerate at an alarming rate. That rise won’t just threaten homeowners on the coast -- it will also impact the critical infrastructure that supports many of our largest cities.

    While sea level rise is often phrased as an issue of concern in the future, we can already see some of the implications. Many coastal communities have witnessed a sharp uptick in flooding, during lunar king tide periods. Other places are forced to consider what life might be like as the land they currently occupy goes underwater.

    For further reading on this subject, I recommend starting here:

    Regional Plan Association ‘Under Water’ and 4th Plan reports for residents of the greater New York City metro area:

    Sea Level Rise in New Jersey fact sheet from professors Kenneth Miller & Robert Kopp of Rutgers University

    NOAA / NOS’s report on high tide flooding

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  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +62

    Some annotations that might be interesting for the curious:
    Early in the video I mentioned that New Jersey is sinking. There's a whole lot more on that point. You can hear from an array of Rutgers University professors on the issue in this fantastic documentary produced by the university in 2016: https://fapgem.com/video/G7YJgsliy1g/video.html
    I also mention the Hudson River Tunnel in passing. Regional Plan Association produced this great explainer video detailing the vulnerabilities facing the entire Northeast Corridor: https://fapgem.com/video/H1xPZYiQEUY/video.html
    - Carlos W.

    • hidden KARD
      hidden KARD  2 months ago +1

      Vox Bs to rising seas and global warming. Fake news brainwashed sheep!

    • hidden KARD
      hidden KARD  2 months ago +1

      Vox Fake News!! GO Trump!

  • Brad DeLade
    Brad DeLade  8 days ago +1

    0:25 that's my town, Chatham NJ

  • Gourley
    Gourley  10 days ago

    Let's be clear. Caused by GEO ENGINEERING to alter the Climate. Man Made Events!! Mainstream controlled media isn't talking about it but the truth and the facts are there. Do your research because the media is SILENT

  • Gamecore
    Gamecore  10 days ago

    they'll ask Trump to say '' FAKE NEWS'' and the flooding shall seize.

  • Mrship ofSteam
    Mrship ofSteam  13 days ago

    First of all people in America could just slow global warming a little bit down if they dont drive big Diesel trucks mostly for no reason. Uuhm I forgot its the country of freedom where people are free to waist and poison the planet hahaha

  • Daniel Clark
    Daniel Clark  22 days ago

    the meadowlands is literally just "that place you drive through when you leave the city"

  • nicholas baum
    nicholas baum  23 days ago

    I've been living in my home state of New Jersey for all my life and this video is really powerful, because it doesn't effect all of New Jersey, but rather the coastal regions and the meadowlands. You see, New Jersey's economy is helped to really important industries, tourism and manufacturing, both of which can really be effected by high tides and rising sea levels. Water can easily flood places like Atlantic City, Cape May, Long Beach Island, and some hotspots for vacationers across the country. What can also be effected is our manufacturing economy. I like how Vox points out how we have to service and cope with New York City, where at the start of the Industrial Revolution, started building factories and power plants to help service the city, considering its close vicinity and low costs. In fact, Paterson, New Jersey, was chosen by Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton as the starting place of the Industrial Revolution, starting by the great Paterson Falls, the second highest waterfall in North America. However, while the state's manufacturing economy has withered away since the rise of labor unions and higher costs around the country for blue collar workers, New Jersey manufacturing has shrunk into two main areas, each for their respective cities. A strip of factories along the Delaware River servicing Philadelphia, and the manufacturing plants that service New York City which is in the Meadowlands area. What I'm trying to say is the threat of climate and change and rising sea levels can be such a hard blow to our state's economy, with at least thousands of jobs being abandoned in addition to as mentioned in the video, many homes and towns being abandoned as well. The meadowlands is in addition to being a manufacturing hub, a transportation hub, one that I have lived just minutes away from my entire life. New Jersey Transit, Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, I-95, and Newark Liberty International Airport are all located in the Meadowlands area, because of all of its open space and close vicinity to New York City. Also by the meadowlands is both of New Jersey's largest cities, Newark and Jersey City. Both cities linger close to 300,000 population mark, as they are both up and coming in alternative energies, insurance, medicine, and other economies. The rise in sea level can both effect these cities that serve New Jersey a lot, especially Newark, in which the downtown area is situated on the Passaic River, which is what separates the city of Newark from Harrison and Kearny, which is in the meadowlands. Same thing with Jersey City, where its downtown is on the Hudson River, but many of its homes and middle to lower class housing is next to the meadowlands, sparking a potential major evacuation. In the end, something needs to be done about this in New Jersey.

  • machsix123
    machsix123  24 days ago

    This summer has seen a lot of flooding in areas around north jersey that’s not mentioned in this video. Overdevelopment is the culprit and it just continues.

  • J
    J  25 days ago

    I live on the edge of jersey I’m scared

  • Florida Man
    Florida Man  28 days ago

    Nah, it's because made a Tinder account for my Yu-Gi-Oh card collection.

  • Sinjinbin 64
    Sinjinbin 64  28 days ago

    Chronic floods have been coming here since I can remember this timeframe - Probably because its always Monsoon/Typhoon season every year from June till November.🤨

  • The suicidal Indian

    I live in nj I can say I am absolutly sick of the flash floods alerts on my phone.

  • Frank Blangeard
    Frank Blangeard  1 months ago

    The New Jersey Meadowlands is used as a prime example of what is coming. However, at 0:47 it is stated that the Meadowlands are sinking. Yes, some lands do sink especially if the ground is weak and a huge amount of building is done. So...why use the Meadowlands as an example when sinking is the problem and not sea level rise? Meadowlands is used as an example because there is no good example which would point to sea level rise as a major problem.

  • Hgh Hgh
    Hgh Hgh  1 months ago

    What if it's not because the sea's rising but because concrete isn't a very good sponge and that the weight of nearby buildings and infrastructure is putting pressure on the surrounding landscape- compacting the surface and causing water to flood in?
    This combined with poor drainage means there are possibly hotspots for flooding in these specific zones, not to mention natural coastal erosion and sedimentary deposition from one place to another eating away the coastlines?
    I mean, not every flood indicates that the sky is falling.

  • John Pembroke
    John Pembroke  1 months ago

    Jersey is a 10 feet above sea level sponge. No vid needed

  • Redneck Pickle
    Redneck Pickle  1 months ago

    The meadowlands are more important than most would think. Strategicly aswell.

  • Norman Nabatar
    Norman Nabatar  1 months ago

    Deplorable that Retreat is not on the "keen" list, but the natural method is the most effective. Declaring parts of New Jersey as a national park and replant those endemic species of the marsh should be done.

  • Brian The Explorer
    Brian The Explorer  1 months ago

    People in New Jersey are idiots lol

  • Berry O
    Berry O  1 months ago

    Watch whea you goin!! Im swimmin hea!!

  • Elaine L.
    Elaine L.  1 months ago

    Lol i thought the title was chronic foods hahhahaha