New Jersey


Present-day New Jersey was previously inhabited by the Lenni Lenape people, who were displaced in the 1700s during colonization. The state is now home to 8.9 million people and spans over 7 thousand square miles. New Jersey is famous for its Jersey Shore — 130 miles of famously beautiful coastline — that attracts about 50 million tourists.

Coastal flooding poses an immediate threat to the lives and homes of many residents, as well as to the state’s economy. New Jersey has the fourth-largest population at risk of coastal flooding with 352 thousand people currently at risk of coastal flooding. That number is expected to more than double by 2050. Warmer water causes oceans to expand and sea levels to rise. It also causes more intense and frequent storms, like hurricanes. With flooding comes erosion causing the land to sink into the sea. A 100 year flood in Atlantic City is expected to be 20x more likely in 2050 than it is today. At this flood level, $75 billion worth of property and 750 hazardous waste sites in the state are at risk.

As wetlands and tidal marshes are lost to sea level rise, New Jersey will face the collapse of its coastal ecosystems as populations of crustaceans, fish, and birds face declines. Some of these creatures depend on the marshes for food, shelter, and protection from prey, while still others feed on the species that inhabit them. Additionally, rising sea levels will bring salt water farther inland ultimately intruding into the ground water. The soil may become too salty for the trees and crops that currently grow in low-lying areas.

Almost all electricity in New Jersey comes from natural gas or nuclear power. In 2018, these resources provided 94% of the state’s net electricity generation. Natural gas surpassed nuclear power for the first time in 2015, and now accounts for slightly more than half of the state’s generated electricity. The share of New Jersey’s electricity generated by coal has dropped from 10% in 2010 to 2% in 2018. Renewable energy accounts for about 5% of New Jersey’s electricity, and about 75% of that renewable energy comes from solar.

New Jersey’s renewable portfolio standard was updated in 2018, requiring renewables to account for 21% of the state’s electricity by 2021, 35% by 2025, and 50% by 2050. In 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy established a state-wide Climate and Flood Resilience Program and appointed a Chief Resilience Officer. Governor Murphy also established the Interagency Council on Climate Resilience, which is comprised of 16 agencies tasked with developing short-term and long-term action plans to promote the mitigation of climate change’s consequences and adaptation and resilience of New Jersey to climate-related challenges. New Jersey is the only state in the US to require climate change to be part of its K-12 education curriculum.

New Jersey is one of twenty five states committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.


In the Jersey Suburbs, a Search for Rocks To Help Fight Climate Change

By Kevin Krajick 05/01/24
In early spring, George Okoko was perched on a ledge 15 feet up a crumbly cliff, trying to whack off a basketball-size piece of rock with a hammer and chisel. The locale was suburban Berkeley…
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BOEM Announces Environmental Review of Proposed Wind Energy Project Offshore New Jersey

In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today announced it will initiate the environmental review of a…
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New Jersey voters may soon decide whether they have a right to a clean environment

By Wayne Parry 03/14/24
New Jersey, known as much for its beaches and blueberries as for the chemical plants and refineries that line some of its major highways, is considering asking voters a fundamental question: Should the state guarantee…
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Curbing Our Emissions in New Jersey

New Jersey is actively tracking its greenhouse gas emissions and working towards achieving its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Climate change programs in New Jersey are effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.…
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New Jersey Climate Change Resilience Strategy

As directed by Executive Order No. 89 , the Chief Resilience Officer, with the support of the Interagency Council on Climate Resilience, developed a statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy. The Climate Change Resilience Strategy, released…
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Artists and Community Organizations Work Together to Communicate Climate Risks in New Jersey

Four New Jersey community-based organizations (CBOs) recently received funding to work with regional artists to develop community-engaged art projects that communicate climate risks to the public. These projects were made possible through funding awarded by…
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It’s time for Northeast to prep for floods like those that hit this winter. Climate change is why

By Patrick Whittle 02/15/24
After back-to-back storms lashed the Northeast in January, rental properties Haim Levy owns in coastal Hampton, New Hampshire, were hammered by nearly two feet of water, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage…
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New Jersey denies bulkhead for shore town with wrecked sand dunes

By Wayne Parry 02/01/24
New Jersey is refusing to allow a shore town whose sand dunes have washed away in places to build a bulkhead to protect itself, ruling that no one is in imminent danger.
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Thinking buyout after recent floods? NJ DEP staff will take questions at meetings

By Philip DeVencentis 02/01/24
Flood-stricken residents who are considering government-funded buyouts of their properties can attend an upcoming forum to learn more about the voluntary program.
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New Jersey approves two offshore wind projects totaling 3.7 GW

By Diana DiGangi 01/25/24
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced Wednesday that it has awarded 2.4 GW of capacity to the Leading Light Wind project and around 1.3 GW of capacity to Attentive Energy Two as part…
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What is Blue Acres? New Jersey DEP program aims to help homeowners impacted by increasing flooding

By Brandon Goldner 01/24/24
As New Jersey families faced another round of storms Tuesday, flooding in low-lying areas continued to be a major problem.
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Sand dollars: NJ’s costly beach replenishment cycle faces climate-change challenge

By Andrew S. Lewis 01/18/24
Just as the last sand-and-seawater slurry was pumped onshore and bulldozed into place on the beachfront at Strathmere, Cape May County, earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency. Yet another powerful…
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Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program

New Jersey is dedicated to taking proactive and decisive measures to address climate change. This commitment is evident through the State’s persistent endeavors in both developing and executing strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions…

Preparing For Climate Impacts

In a continuous effort towards a stronger New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 89 on October 29, 2019 appointing the State’s first Chief Resilience Officer, mandating the development of a Scientific Report…

Murphy Administration, Offshore Wind Developers Detail Transformative Benefits of New Projects That Will Advance New Jersey’s 100% Clean Energy Goal

The Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy today joined key State agencies and stakeholders to showcase the enormous environmental and economic benefits that will be produced by New Jersey’s most recent awarding…

Lawmakers push for more incentives to achieve clean-energy goals

The Legislature is pushing for new incentives to advance a range of clean-energy initiatives that include expanding reliance on solar power, electrifying commercial fleets and creating a market for systems to store energy.

New Jersey Senators seek to remedy state’s slow progress on energy storage deployment

A bill aimed at creating a pilot programme to incentivise energy storage deployment in New Jersey has advanced through the US state’s legislature after senators voted in its favour.

Voters may get to say no to new natural-gas power plants

In a step to bolster action to fight climate change, a legislative committee plans this week to take up a proposed constitutional amendment to ban construction of new fossil fuel power plants in New Jersey.

New Jersey explores sunset of fossil fuel power plants

New Jersey lawmakers are exploring a tectonic shift in the state’s energy policy that could phase out nearly all of its fossil fuel power plants in the coming decades and ensure they don’t return without…

New Jersey energy planners award two new offshore wind bids

New Jersey utility regulators announced two new offers for offshore wind projects Wednesday, aiming to revive the state’s renewable energy ambitions and pushing future development farther into the New York Bight beyond 40 miles off…

Hoboken establishes new department to wage its own war against climate change

By Ron Zeitlinger 01/11/24
People are always complaining about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it. Until now, sort of.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Expand Community Solar Energy Program

Governor Phil Murphy today signed A4782/S3123 to further strengthen New Jersey’s community solar program – expanding access to clean energy and lowering utility costs for New Jersey households. The Community Solar Energy Program (CSEP) allows…

As climate crisis deepens, NJ confronts pivotal choices on green energy

This is likely to be a consequential year for state plans to transition to a clean energy economy as policymakers face a formidable array of tough questions they need to answer about phasing out the…

NJ Committee Mulls Making 100% Clean Energy by 2035 Law

The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee took testimony on a bill that would put into law the state’s goal to reach 100% clean energy by 2035.

Gov. Murphy, Democrats stick with offshore wind despite end of major windfarm projects

Ørsted’s withdrawal from two New Jersey offshore wind projects has upended New Jersey’s clean energy goals, though Gov. Phil Murphy signaled the state would continue on its path toward more renewables.

Offshore wind company pulls out of New Jersey projects, a setback to Biden’s green agenda

Orsted, the company that Democrats up and down the Eastern Seaboard have been counting on to build offshore wind farms, is pulling the plug on two of its largest projects, a setback for President Joe…

US Goes Bonkers Over Floating Solar Power Plants

First it was a trickle, now it’s a flood. US energy planners are finally catching up with the floating solar trend, in which solar panels rest on the waters of lakes, reservoirs, and other bodies…

TCNJ cuts ribbon on solar arrays to enhance sustainability efforts

Greenskies Clean Focus, a national leader in renewable energy solutions, funded the projects at no upfront cost to TCNJ, who will purchase the power generated by the arrays from Greenskies at a low, fixed rate…

State lays out road map for ‘decarbonizing’ homes and buildings

A state agency has crafted what it touts as a first step toward large-scale transformation of New Jersey’s buildings, a plan to reduce emissions from the state’s second-largest source of global-warming pollution.

NJ Push for 100% Clean Electricity Meets Opposition

A bill to require that only clean electricity be sold in New Jersey by 2035 has stalled over concerns from environmentalists, labor groups and solar developers.

Major New Jersey Companies Support Affordable, Equitable, Pro-Worker Transition to 100% Clean Energy

More than a dozen companies with headquarters or operations in New Jersey released a letter today to Gov. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers, urging them to support legislation committing New Jersey to 100% clean energy…

America’s Largest Floating Solar Array Comes Online in New Jersey

NJR Clean Energy Ventures (CEV), the renewable energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, and New Jersey American Water, the state’s largest water and wastewater utility company, recently celebrated their collaboration on North America’s largest floating…

Sussex County insurance company unveils new solar facility to sell energy

A Sussex County insurance company commemorated Earth Day by officially unveiling the second phase of its solar program that will provide renewable energy for the community.

Construction leaders attack feasibility of green NJ Transit power source

Construction industry leaders have attacked a recent study promoted by environmentalists that pushed a green energy alternative to NJ Transit's controversial plan to build a fossil fuel power plant for its train lines.

New Jersey opens third offshore wind solicitation

OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey’s utility board opens a third offshore wind capacity solicitation, seeking between 1.2 and 4 GW worth of projects. (news release)

New Jersey Just Announced Big Climate Actions. How Far Do They Go?

Last month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy significantly ramped up his state’s response to the climate crisis by announcing a suite of measures designed to incentivize clean energy and boost resilience. The new initiatives come…

New Jersey Plan to Expand Electric Heating, End Sales of Gasoline-Fueled Vehicles Called ‘Impractical’

New Jersey is joining other states by setting a 2035 goal of 100% clean energy by ending the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles and switching to electric heating for buildings.

Money meant for N.J.’s shift to clean energy is again ‘raided’ despite $10B budget surplus

New Jersey’s habit of diverting part of its budget away from clean energy and toward other matters — namely NJ Transit operations — did not end Tuesday.

New Jersey launches tool to link residents with community solar projects

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced it has launched the New Jersey Community Solar Project Finder. This online tool allows New Jersey residents to search by zip code for community solar projects…

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation to Incentivize Decarbonization of Concrete Industry

Governor Phil Murphy today signed bill S287, which provides corporation business tax (CBT) and gross income tax credits for costs of preparing environmental product declarations that assess the global warming potential of various concrete mixes…

NREL Leads the Charge to Electric Trucks at Port of New York and New Jersey

If goods are the lifeblood of global trade, ports are America's arteries, helping to pump cargo in and out of the United States. But the work of ports—and the diesel-fueled drayage trucks that move freight…

Governor Murphy Announces Planning for New 2024 Energy Master Plan

Governor Murphy today announced the commencement of planning for the development of a new Energy Master Plan (EMP) for release in 2024. The 2024 EMP will reflect New Jersey’s updated climate goals and the impacts…

New Jersey takes green turn with wind bond deal

With the Inflation Reduction Act promoting renewable energy development, it is expected major green energy deals will be plentiful in the coming months.

Second firm to use New Jersey Wind Port for offshore wind farm

A second wind energy firm has signed on to lease space at the New Jersey Wind Port, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday before a gathering of South Jersey business leaders.

Governor Murphy Announces Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind to Become Second Major Tenant at New Jersey Wind Port

Governor Phil Murphy today announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (“Atlantic Shores”), through which the company will lease…

New Jersey sets aside $3.3 million for offshore wind environment studies

The state Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday announced funding for studies and said they will soon release shortly a request for proposals. The agencies will also join the Regional…

New Jersey files for approval of offshore grid plans

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and PJM Interconnection have filed for approval of an agreement to implement New Jersey’s offshore wind transmission grid solicitation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Interior to Hold Auction for Offshore Wind Power in NY, NJ

The Biden administration said Wednesday it will hold its first offshore wind auction next month, offering nearly 500,000 acres off the coast of New York and New Jersey for wind energy projects that could produce…

New Jersey joins national offshore wind research group

NOWRDC was established in 2018 and is national not-for-profit public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the US through research projects and cost-effective responsible development, while maximising other economic and social benefits.

How to address climate locally? These 6 places have plans

While much of the nation’s attention to climate adaptation has focused on large coastal cities with outsize risks, some of the most forward-leaning climate policies are coming from less urbanized places such as Marina, Calif.;…

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

NJ will slowly phase out diesel trucks for electric vehicles to combat pollution

In an effort to reduce pollution and curb global warming, New Jersey will become the first East Coast state to slowly phase out diesel trucks and replace them with electric vehicles under new rules adopted…

Governor Murphy’s 2030 climate goal demands a new climate game plan for New Jersey

Last month, Governor Phil Murphy elevated New Jersey’s fight against the climate crisis this decade by signing Executive Order No. 274, which commits the state to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50% below 2006 levels by…

New Jersey commits to reducing climate pollutants by 50% by 2030

On the heels of Hurricane Ida, New Jersey took a huge step to address the reality of extreme weather resulting from climate change.

Rutgers University Plans to Be Carbon-Negative by 2041

By the time Rutgers celebrates its 275th anniversary in 2041, it’s also hoping to be able to celebrate the creation of a carbon-negative campus.

Another offshore wind project eyed off New Jersey coastline

A company that has already received preliminary approval to build a wind farm off the southern coast of New Jersey is planning a second project.

Solar and Wind are Keys to NJ’s Lofty Renewable Energy Goals

Gov. Phil Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, which was officially unveiled in January of 2020, set a goal of having 100% clean energy in the state by 2050. When the governor signed Executive Order No. 100,…

NJEDA signs 78-year lease for New Jersey wind hub

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) have signed a lease term for the New Jersey Wind Port in Salem County.

Solar Developer Sees Potential in Dual Use Solar for New Jersey Farmers

As New Jersey begins a pilot program for solar fields that accommodate farming, a Massachusetts solar developer aims to be at the forefront of the action.

Garden State seeks to go green, enables C-PACE

A new financing tool coming to the Garden State could be a major source of funding for landlords and developers.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Establishing the Garden State C-PACE Program

Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (A-2374) which establishes the Garden State Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program. The program will facilitate the funding of clean and renewable energy infrastructure at commercial properties throughout…

New Jersey Pushes to Double Solar Power Over Next 5 Years

New Jersey already has more solar installations per square mile than any other state in America, with tens of thousands of rooftop residential installations as well as larger-scale projects that pump megawatts of clean energy…

Governor Murphy Signs Bills to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Future

Governor Phil Murphy today signed a package of bills aimed at advancing New Jersey’s transition to a clean energy future to further the Administration’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

New Jersey receives record number of applications for community solar pilot program

By Kelsey Misbrener 04/06/21
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced it received a record 410 applications to participate in Year 2 of its Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. The applications represent 800.5 MW of total capacity…


Blue Army Shrine Project is Focused on Low and Moderate Income Residents (Silver Spring, Md) – Neighborhood Sun, a Maryland based Benefit Corporation announced today that it has begun enrolling customers for the 682 kilowatt…

Jersey City to Invest $21M with Major Energy Infrastructure Improvements, Solidifying Jersey City’s Position as a Regional Sustainability & Resiliency Leader

Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a new partnership with Schneider Electric to implement Jersey City’s first Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) to reduce operational costs, improve energy resiliency, and leverage energy savings to minimize cost on urgent capital…

New report says NJ could meet entire electric demand with offshore wind & ranks first for states with permitted projects moving forward

New Jersey ranks 7th amongst Atlantic coastal states for its technical potential for total offshore wind power but first in the states for current projects in the pipeline, according to a new report released today…

South Brunswick Township Adopts Clean Energy Program

South Brunswick Township will adopt a Community Energy Aggregation Program in an effort to reduce the township’s carbon footprint and increase the use of renewable and clean energy. The township council unanimously approved the measure…

South Brunswick approves clean energy program

The township council has unanimously approved an ordinance to create a clean energy program like those recently adopted in several nearby towns. The ordinance, advanced by local residents who worked with Food & Water Watch…

Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey

This page provides an overview of the steps New Jersey is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Hoboken Resiliency & Readiness Plan

Hoboken was once an island outcrop. Surrounding tidal marshes were filled in, but City remains vulnerable to storm surges due to low elevation at the north and south.

Energy Master Plan


New Jersey Energy Master Plan

Clean energy is vital for our future from both an economic development and environmental sustainability policy perspective. With this in mind, Governor Murphy, through Executive Order 28, has set an ambitious goal of setting New Jersey…


Climate Change in New Jersey: Impacts & Effects

In New Jersey, the effects of climate change are already being felt. They will impact our state more strongly and quickly than other places in the world. This is due to the state's geographic location,…

State of the Climate New Jersey 2021

1. An overview summary of New Jersey climate trends from 1895 to 2021 and climate projections through 2100.

New Jersey State Profile and Energy Estimates

New Jersey, located on the Atlantic coast between New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is the fourth-smallest state by land area and the most densely populated state in the nation. Despite its extensive Atlantic Ocean beaches…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in New Jersey

Between 2017 and 2019, New Jersey experienced four severe storms and two winter storms. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in New Jersey

New Jersey will have to quickly adapt to rising seas and the threats that they pose. According to a Risky Business report, New Jersey is expected to be seriously impacted by increased coastal storm intensity,…

Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan

Policy Vision to 2050

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment.

Environment New Jersey

Funded by supporters, they research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, they…

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment.


NJ’s lucrative clam fishing industry is threatened by climate change – and the wind farms meant to fight it

By Michael Sol Warren and John Upton   12/11/23  
Seagulls and the setting sun hung low over the Manasquan Inlet as a 125-foot clam trawler motored into a berth at Point Pleasant Beach. The crew set to work unloading the fruits of 58 hours…
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Could NJ’s 1st wind projects be salvaged? It’s not up to Gov. Murphy

By Nancy Solomon   12/07/23  
When the world’s largest wind developer backed out of two projects it planned off the New Jersey shore, it dealt a potentially catastrophic blow to Gov. Phil Murphy’s ambitious plans for all-clean energy sales by…
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‘Ghost forests’ threaten New Jersey’s water, ecosystem

By Ginger Zee and Others   11/29/23  
Acres of "ghost forests" have been popping up as an increase of saltwater in the soil has been killing what remains of the Atlantic white cedar trees that populate the area. The situation was part…
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Our view: NJ offshore wind energy is not the failure that many believe, just an economic pause

We’d like to think that the ardent, politicized fight over offshore wind energy concluded with the Halloween cancellation of the first New Jersey projects. That’s unlikely because U.S. offshore wind has only paused and when…
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Despite loss of 2 major projects, New Jersey is moving forward with its offshore wind power goals

By Wayne Parry   11/17/23  
Despite the loss of two major offshore wind farm projects when Danish developer Orsted pulled out of New Jersey, the state is moving forward with its plans to support and grow the nascent industry.
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The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board today approved the creation of a new pilot program that will provide grants to commercial building owners and tenants undertaking retrofit construction projects that reduce greenhouse gas…
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Many coastal New Jersey homeowners lack flood insurance despite rising seas, report says

By Jon Hurdle   11/15/23  
Despite the rising seas and bigger storms brought on by climate change, millions of vulnerable homeowners in New Jersey and the rest of the Northeast are uncovered by federal flood insurance because they can’t afford…
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How Hoboken Got Smart About Climate Change

By James Barron   11/13/23  
This is a story about two flood-prone cities on the Hudson River — New York and Hoboken, N.J. Hoboken has prepared for storms in the era of climate change by building water-absorbing infrastructure that protects…
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A Climate Change Success Story? Look at Hoboken.

By Michael Kimmelman   11/03/23  
The city of Hoboken, N.J., once a marshy outcropping that the Lenape inhabited only seasonally, hugs the Hudson River. Three-quarters of it occupies a flood plain. It is, in other words, a water magnet. Some…
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Wind Power, Key to Democrats’ Climate-Change Goals, Faces a Crisis

By Patrick McGeehan   11/02/23  
Before the end of this year, thousands of families in New York could be using electricity produced by a wind farm off the eastern tip of Long Island that will be the state’s first. But…
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Fossil fuel money lurks behind anti-offshore wind power political ads in New Jersey

By Dave Anderson   10/23/23  
A Republican group that paid for anti-offshore wind power ads targeting Democrats ahead of New Jersey’s November 7 state legislative elections raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from the fossil fuel industry earlier this…
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Atlantic City’s massive offshore wind farm project highlights the industry’s growing pains

By Andrew Paul   10/19/23  
Back in 2015, the US Department of Energy estimated wind farms could supply over a third of the nation’s electricity by 2050. Since then, numerous wind turbine projects have been green-lit offshore and across the…
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Coastal county and groups sue to overturn federal approval of New Jersey’s 1st offshore wind farm

By Wayne Parry   10/18/23  
The government of New Jersey’s southernmost county has joined with environmental and fishing industry groups in suing the federal government in a bid to overturn its approval of the state’s first offshore wind energy farm.
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Teaching climate change in NJ classrooms — new guidance

By Hannah Gross   09/21/23  
What it is: The state Department of Environmental Protection shared a resource to help teachers incorporate climate-change into their classes. The document provides background on the subject and makes it possible to meet the state’s…
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As School Started in the US, So Did the School Closures for Heat

By Eric Roston   09/09/23  
Susan Eckert teaches advanced placement biology at Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey. Her room sits on the second floor, right next to the lower level's heat-absorbing black tar roof. On hot days, Eckert…
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New Jersey requires climate change education. A year in, here’s how it’s going

By Seyma Bayram   08/21/23  
Evelyn Lansing, a senior at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, N.J., brushed purple glaze onto her clay tile as the school year came to an end in June.
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The future of East Coast wind power could ride on this Jersey beach town

By Kate Selig   08/08/23  
Known as “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” this beachside city now has a new distinction: It has become the epicenter of opposition to wind energy projects off New Jersey and the East Coast. Residents of Ocean…
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New Jersey BPU advances building electrification over opposition from fossil fuel supporters

By Robert Walton   08/02/23  
New Jersey regulators at a July 26 open meeting approved a framework for utilities to submit building electrification plans, setting the stage for thousands of homes and businesses to install electric heat pumps.
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Lawsuits could delay the start of New Jersey’s first offshore wind power project

By Wayne Parry   07/12/23  
A tangle of litigation could delay the start of New Jersey’s first offshore wind energy project, as developer Orsted is suing governments to stop delaying necessary permits, and citizens groups try to halt the project…
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Biden approved the largest offshore wind project in the US to date

By Ananya Bhattacharya   07/06/23  
The Biden administration just approved the biggest offshore wind project in the US. Located about 13 nautical miles southeast of Atlantic City, the Ocean Wind 1 project offshore New Jersey will have a capacity of…
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In a First-Grade Classroom, Lessons on Optimism and Climate Change

By Josh Ocampo   06/19/23  
In June 2020, New Jersey became the first state in the country to mandate climate change education in schools. Under this mandate, which went into effect during the 2022-23 school year, K-12 public schools must…
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Penguins in Your Fridge? These 7-Year-Olds Have Climate Solutions.

By Cara Buckley   06/16/23  
Standing at the front of her classroom at Slackwood Elementary School north of Trenton, N.J., one afternoon in June, Michelle Liwacz asked her first graders to consider a problem: Antarctica is getting warmer. What could…
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The Plan to Save New York From the Next Sandy Will Ruin the Waterfront. It Doesn’t Have To.

By Robert Yaro and Daniel Gutman   06/15/23  
Last September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unveiled its proposal to protect the greater New York and New Jersey metro area from the next catastrophic flood. It is an epic plan that includes dozens…
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New Jersey is teaching kids about climate. Opponents call it ‘indoctrination.’

By Anya Kamenetz   06/07/23  
Carolyn McGrath thought she was ready for her testimony in front of the New Jersey Department of Education. An art teacher, she had dressed in a jaunty polka-dot blouse and chunky green necklace, and had…
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Hoboken Lodges First State-Level Racketeering Charge in Big Oil Climate Lawsuit

By Dana Drugmand   05/25/23  
Suing under an organized crime statute, the New Jersey city says major oil and gas companies and their chief lobbying group have “conspired to deceive the world for decades.”
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New Jersey official says recent spate of whale deaths is linked to climate change

By Tennyson Donyéa   05/19/23  
State lawmakers held a second hearing this month addressing the recent spate of whale deaths in New Jersey. “The culprit is a changing climate, and our inability societally to get it under control,” Shawn LaTourette,…
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N.J. climate report: Increasing temperatures could lead to more heat-related hospitalizations and deaths, especially in vulnerable communities

By Tennyson Donyéa   04/28/23  
State officials have long called New Jersey “ground zero” for climate change in the Mid-Atlantic. The summer of 2022 was the third warmest summer on record, with a drought warning from the Department of Environmental…
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Rutgers Partners With New Jersey Schools to Develop Historic Climate Change Curriculum

By MacPherson   04/21/23  
Rutgers will play a central role in New Jersey’s historic move to become the first state in the nation to teach all public school students - from K-12 - about climate change across all subjects.
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A changing climate is contributing to longer wildfire seasons in New Jersey, experts say

By P. Kenneth Burns   04/14/23  
The Jimmy’s Waterhole wildfire in Manchester Township, Ocean County — which destroyed more than 3,800 acres and caused residents from about 170 homes to evacuate — sparked Monday afternoon just as New Jersey entered peak…
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First Lady Tammy Murphy Announces Recipients of Green Jobs Council NJ BRIDGE Initiative Grant Award

First Lady Tammy Murphy, joined by the Executive Director of the Council on the Green Economy, Jane Cohen, today hosted a roundtable to announce the recipients of the Green Jobs Council’s $5 million NJ Building…
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8 Dolphins Dead After Washing Ashore in New Jersey

By Eduardo Medina   03/22/23  
Eight dolphins were dead after a pod of the marine mammals washed ashore in a mass stranding in Sea Isle City, N.J., on Tuesday, the authorities said, prompting questions over what caused their deaths.
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Beach Replenishment Delayed in Rehoboth Beach

By Heidi Kirk   03/21/23  
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers delayed beach replenishment until April 8, due to extension of a project currently underway in New Jersey. Originally, the projected was slated to begin in late March and go…
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EPA Announces $3 Million For New Jersey to Plan Innovative Climate Projects Across the State

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will award $3 million for New Jersey to plan innovative strategies to cut climate pollution and build clean energy economies across the state. Earlier this month,…
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Novel method will help restore Delaware and New Jersey salt marshes

By Zoë Read   03/07/23  
Large storms can devastate coastal communities when no buffers exist to protect them. But salt marshes, which are coastal wetlands flooded and drained by salt water from the tides, can shield buildings and homes.
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Studying the effects of climate change on New Jersey landfills

As scientists continue to study the impacts of climate change on the warming planet, a team of Rowan University engineers is looking at the effects of climate change on landfills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture…
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Cape May County joins calls for hearings on wind energy in wake of whale deaths

By Bill Barlow   02/10/23  
Leonard Desiderio, the director of the Cape May County Board of Commissioners, said Thursday he will work with U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd, on issues surrounding wind farms planned off the coast.
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Harnessing the power of nature to help our climatehttps

By Jay Watson   02/06/23  
From large forests to tree-lined city streets, from wooded wetlands to coastal salt marshes, green landscapes are some of humanity’s best allies in addressing threats posed by a warming climate.
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NJ Gov., Lawmakers Move Toward Updated Clean Energy Goals

By Hugh Morley   02/06/23  
New Jersey officials are moving to overhaul the clean energy strategy that steered the state to becoming one of the most aggressive carbon reducers in the nation, with a year-long revamp of its Energy Master…
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Jersey Shore Mayors Want Moratorium on Offshore Wind Activity

By Gina G. Scala   02/02/23  
A delegation of Jersey Shore mayors is taking a united front over their concern for recent whale wash-ups to state congressional leaders, letting them know they believe a moratorium on all offshore wind activities is…
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The facts on wind turbines, whales and New Jersey’s future

You may have heard of a controversy over New Jersey’s plan to expand offshore wind energy. Here are the facts: Offshore wind is a key component of New Jersey’s plan to transition to clean energy…
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State diverted $2B from clean energy fund to NJ Transit, other needs, report finds

By Dana Difilippo   01/13/23  
New Jersey has routinely raided the state’s Clean Energy Fund to cover unrelated state budget gaps, diverting almost $2 billion since 2010 away from a fund intended to reduce fossil fuel reliance, according to a…
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Giant offshore wind turbines take shape as NJ turns on major manufacturing plant

By Nathan Kensinger and Others   01/02/23  
Before Chris Maldonado could hire a team to fabricate the colossal steel towers that will hold clean wind energy turbines aloft off the Jersey Shore, he needed to build a worksite big enough for the…
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New Jersey wants to restore 10,000 acres of ‘fairy-tale’ forest

By YCC Team   12/14/22  
Rising seas threaten to kill the state’s dwindling Atlantic white cedar forests. The post New Jersey wants to restore 10,000 acres of ‘fairy-tale’ forest appeared first on Yale Climate Connections. ...
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Coal-fired plant imploded in New Jersey for battery array

By Wayne Parry   12/02/22  
A former coal-fired power plant in New Jersey was imploded Friday, and its owners announced plans for a new $1 billion venture on the site, where batteries will be deployed to store power from clean…
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N.J. shakes up offshore wind industry with historic $1B plan

By Heather Richards   10/27/22  
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved a first-of-its-kind effort Wednesday to grapple with the significant transmission challenges of building large offshore wind farms.
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New Jersey Joins Other States in Suing Fossil Fuel Industry, Claiming Links to Climate Change

By Jon Hurdle   10/18/22  
New Jersey became the latest U.S. state to sue the fossil fuel industry over climate change, alleging it knew for decades that emissions from its products contributed to global warming, but lied to protect its…
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Amid rising seas, Atlantic City has no plans for retreat

By Ted Shaffrey   10/13/22  
Some cities around the world are pulling back from shorelines, as rising seas from climate change increase flooding. But so far, retreat appears out of the question for Atlantic City, New Jersey.The breezy getaway town…
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Rising seas could swallow millions of U.S. acres within decades

By Brady Dennis   09/08/22  
New research finds an estimated 25,000 properties in Louisiana could slip below tidal boundary lines by 2050. Florida, Texas and North Carolina also face profound economic risks.
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‘Severe’ drought designation expanded in NY and parts of northern NJ

By Gwynne Hogan   08/18/22  
Severe drought conditions in New York and New Jersey persist this week and have expanded into parts of the South Shore of Long Island, Dutchess and Putnam counties, and northern New Jersey, according to the…
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What the landmark climate bill could mean for New Jersey as it tries to go green

By Louis C. Hochman and Others   08/18/22  
The Inflation Reduction Act President Joe Biden signed this week addresses much more than economics. It also sets aside $369 billion over 10 years for clean energy and climate resiliency. Tax credits will support renewable…
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