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Blunt assessment from climate scientist Robert Kopp: NJ's coastline could disappear quickly

By Dave D'Alessandro

The most comprehensive climate science report in the world was released last Friday, and not surprisingly, it is filled with omens and portents dire.

The National Climate Assessment, an 18-month process involving 51 scientists and 13 federal agencies, found that human influence is the "dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century," and that only a significant reduction in emissions will curtail rising temperatures.

That isn't a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, but to understand the report's nuances, we turned to a world-class climate scientist.

Robert Kopp, the climate policy scholar at Rutgers' Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the director at the Institute of Earth, Ocean and & Atmospheric Studies, has done groundbreaking research on the impact of intensified coastal flooding. His comments below were edited for brevity.

Q. Let's start with the parochial: What does the report say about New Jersey, long considered a sea-level hot spot?

Click here to read entire Star-Ledger article and learn more.

View YouTube interview with Bob Kopp by NJTV.

Hult Prize 2018 - Harnessing the Power of Energy

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Rutgers-Led Research Could Revolutionize Nuclear Waste Reprocessing

Seeking a better way to capture radioactive iodides in spent nuclear reactor fuel, Rutgers-New Brunswick scientists have developed an extremely efficient “molecular trap” that can be recycled and reused. Read more.

Climate Science Special Report

Prof. Bob Kopp, Director of Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), is an author of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I, released November 3 and currently the most up-to-date comprehensive report on climate science in the world.

Prof. Kopp and other authors will participate in a AAAS Facebook Live webinar at 3pm on November 8. The report is currently described in the following:

Rutgers EcoComplex to Host Clean, Renewable Energy Business Accelerator

In the startup ecosystem in New Jersey, not enough founders have heard of the Rutgers EcoComplex, in Bordentown, which is part of the New Jersey Business Incubation Network.

The mission of the EcoComplex is to promote the development of the environmental and alternative energy industries, including the testing and verification of innovations in alternative energy, the remediation and protection of environmental quality, and the promotion of compatible sectors of the food industry and innovative agriculture.

New to the incubator is the EcoIgnite Clean Energy Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator Program, which will be headed by Serpil Guran, director of the EcoComplex, and which received a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Authority, “which recognized the importance of clean energy business development in the mid-Atlantic Region.” Rutgers has been at the forefront of research and business development in New Jersey in this field. Read more.