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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey



2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change: At-A-Glance

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  • This four-page infographic provides a condensed version of the information found in the 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change. 
  • Students will learn about the current and projected effects of climate change on the ecosystems, health, infrastructure, and economy of New Jersey. 
Teaching Tips


  • This resource outlines the many effects and impacts of climate change on New Jersey in an easy-to-follow format.
  • The infographic quality of the document will appeal to students who struggle with large blocks of text.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The resource offers a brief description of climate change, but students who are unfamiliar with certain concepts (i.e. ocean acidification or sea level rise) may require more background information to understand what causes these phenomena. 
  • The word "precipitation" is spelled incorrectly on the first page of the resource.
  • The link at the bottom of the PDF to the full 2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change does not work, but the report can be found here.


  • Science classes could use this resource to show students how climate change effects many facets of life in New Jersey. Students could make a list of all of the ways that climate change affects them as individuals and one that shows how it affects the state as a whole. 
  • Earth science classes could research the extreme weather events that have occurred in New Jersey over the last fifty years and make a line graph to chart the frequency and severity of the events.
  • Social studies and economics classes could discuss which New Jersey industries have already seen (and will likely see) the greatest impacts from climate change.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video and worksheet on ocean acidification, this lesson on sea level rise, and this EPA article on air quality. 
Scientist Notes
This resource is a summary report on the current and future state of New Jersey's climate. It shows the complex and interwoven impacts of climate change on coastal communities, marine resources, biodiversity, and other natural resources in New Jersey. This is recommended for teaching.
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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.m Predict the opportunity costs of various decisions and explain why the opportunity cost might differ from person to person or in different situations. Assess how limited resources (e.g., money, land, natural resources, workers, time) impact the choices of individuals, households, communities, businesses, and countries.
      • SS.Econ4.d.m Analyze potential unintended costs and benefits (i.e., externalities) for a local or state law or policy.
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog5.a.h Analyze the intentional and unintentional spatial consequences of human actions on the environment at the local, state, tribal, regional, country, and world levels.
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