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    systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world class public transit system that is reliable and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Court Hears Argument Christie Illegally Repealed Rules to Clean Up Climate Change Pollution Environment New Jersey and the Natural Resources Defense Council argued their case before a New Jersey appellate court this morning in their lawsuit against the Christie Administration The lawsuit contends the state illegally repealed rules limiting power plant pollution in New Jersey a move that effectively ended its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI a program that is combating climate change Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Pinelands Commission Testimony Opposing Massive Gas Pipeline Environment New Jersey has delivered a petition with over 2 000 New Jersey residents weighing in strongly with the Pinelands Commission and Governor Christie opposing the South Jersey Gas massive gas Pinelands pipeline project Memorandum of Agreement MOA This gas pipeline would tear a scar through the ecological heart of the Pinelands damage the credibility of the Pinelands Commission Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31 over 10 legislators including both Senate President Steve Sweeney D 3 and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr R 21 faith leaders and renewable energy coalitions joined Environment New Jersey the National Wildlife Federation and over 230 other organizations and elected officials Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to take swift bold action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Wind Power for a Cleaner America Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity pollutes our air contributes to global warming and consumes vast amounts of water harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses In contrast wind energy produces no air pollution makes no contribution to global warming and uses no water America s wind power capacity has quadrupled in the last five years and thanks to wind energy America uses less water for power plants and produces less climate altering carbon pollution Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Report Highlights Environmental Benefits of Wind but New Jersey Off Shore Wind Program Stuck in Neutral New Jersey has the potential to reap huge environmental benefits from the development of offshore wind according to a new report released by Environment New Jersey If state and federal officials commit to continued progress in launching New Jersey s offshore wind industry New Jersey could reduce global warming pollution by 825 000 metric tons in 2018 But this potential can only be reached if the Christie administration moves forward with implementing the state s off shore wind program Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14

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  • A Program that Works | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    October 9 2011 Download Report PDF The Northeast faces two fundamental and intertwined challenges fossil fuel dependence and pollution from fossil fuels Our dependence on coal oil and gas imposes economic costs pollutes our air and water and harms public health It also contributes to global warming which threatens the future of our coastal cities with sea level rise the future of our beloved ecosystems with the loss of habitats

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  • America on the Move | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    of the human caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other the success of the Copenhagen negotiations and the future of the planet depend on American leadership The United States has gained a reputation exacerbated during the presidency of George W Bush of obstructionism in the fight against global warming But over the last decade America s state governments where the bulk of on the ground energy policy decision making is made in America s federal system of government have taken the nation on a different course one of innovative and increasingly aggressive action to reduce global warming pollution The impact of state level actions to reduce global warming pollution is significant on a global scale A review of dozens of individual state policies federal policies based on state models and new federal policies in which states will have key roles in implementation suggests that state actions will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 536 million metric tons per year by 2020 That is more global warming pollution than is currently emitted annually by all but eight of the world s nations and represents approximately 7 percent of U S global warming pollution in 2007 America s clean

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  • An Unfamiliar State: Local Impacts of Global Warming in New Jersey | Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    Cape May Beach and other shore beaches to erode between 160 and 500 feet New York City Metro Area Vital infrastructure under threat Sea level rise puts New Jersey s vital transportation links with New York City and the world at greater threat of flooding during severe storms Higher seas could put the Holland Tunnel at risk of flooding with up to 3 feet of water every five years Newark Airport the Lincoln Tunnel and key highway links would also be increasingly vulnerable to flooding Scientists estimate that increased flooding could triple the amount of flood damage faced by the region in an average year with a maximum one time loss of 250 billion possible from a direct impact by a Category 4 hurricane Urban New Jersey More heat related deaths By 2050 the number of days in Newark with high temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit could more than quadruple rising to 60 out of 92 days As a result the number of heatrelated deaths per summer in Newark could rise more than five fold Suburban New Jersey Worsened smog pollution More frequent heat waves will increase the levels of smog pollution especially in suburban counties The number of smog related deaths a benchmark for more widespread damage to public health could increase by more than 6 percent in Mercer Somerset Hunterdon and Ocean counties Highlands and Pinelands Agriculture Longer growing seasons more threats to crop health Corn farmers in Warren County and blueberry farmers in the Pinelands could benefit from longer growing seasons but their crops will face greater heat stress more variable water supplies and increased pest populations The Delaware Valley More dangerous floods Global warming could cause more extreme weather events much like the four huge rainstorms that struck the Delaware River Valley between July 2004 and June 2006 These four storms damaged or destroyed more than 51 dams flooded thousands of homes and caused more than 150 million in property damage The large northeaster that hit New Jersey in April 2007 also provided a glimpse of the impact of extreme weather submerging Manville under Raritan River floodwaters for three days and forcing 3 000 people to evacuate from their homes Camden Water supply at risk As sea level rise pushes the mixing zone between salty and fresh water higher up the Delaware River saltwater could invade the aquifers where Camden gets its drinking water Delaware Bay Reduced numbers of migratory birds Rising temperatures could harm migratory bird species like the Red Knot which is famous for its annual migrations from Chile to the Arctic Every year Red Knots and other migratory birds stop in Delaware Bay just in time for Horseshoe Crab spawning feasting on crab eggs to refuel Changing temperatures could provoke earlier migration or altered timing of spawning reducing the availability of food and accelerating the decline of the species The Pinelands More attacks from the Southern Pine Beetle In 2001 the Southern Pine Beetle re entered New Jersey after an absence of more

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    More Research Policy Education Action Report Environment New Jersey In the Path of the Storm With extreme weather events increasingly common in New Jersey and across the United States Environment New Jersey released a new report The report documents extreme weather events in every county in New Jersey and discusses the likely consequences of future disasters as a result of a warming world Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative In 2005 New Jersey joined nine other Northeastern states in a landmark agreement to limit global warming pollution from the region s power plants This agreement known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI is designed to clean up pollution from power plants while fueling the transition to a clean energy economy New Jersey has benefited from RGGI through the investment of funds from the sale of pollution allowances in clean energy projects projects that are cutting pollution benefiting energy consumers and creating new economic opportunities Keep Reading Report Preserving America s Natural Heritage Keep Reading Result We re restoring Clean Water Act protections More than 800 000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act And in May they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands 60 of streams and drinking water for 117 million Americans Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center A Tale of Two Shores Trenton As the debate on a state wide fertilizer bill intensifies and as the state prepares to issue its recommendations for Barnegat Bay Environment New Jersey released The Shore At Risk The Threats Facing New Jersey s Coastal Treasures and What It Will Take To Address Them documenting the ecological and

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    it s the future engine of success for our state with the potential to create a stronger economy cleaner environment and more equitable transportation options for low and moderate income residents Yet despite transit s clear benefit to New Jersey the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world class public transit system that is reliable and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action News Release Environment New Jersey As Sandy Anniversary Nears NJ Urged To Clean Up Climate Altering Power Plant Pollution Get Back In RGGI Environment New Jersey accompanied by representatives from clean energy businesses and others urged New Jersey to clean up climate altering pollution from power plants and rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Advocates testified before the Assembly Utilities Committee and Chairman Upendra Chivukula D 17 who held a public hearing to discuss the threat of global warming Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Fracking by the Numbers Over the past decade the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States This report seeks to quantify some of the key impacts of fracking to date including the production of toxic wastewater water use chemicals use air pollution land damage and global warming emissions Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center Fracking by the Numbers Over the past decade the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States This report seeks to quantify some of the key impacts of fracking to date including the production of toxic wastewater water use chemicals use air pollution land damage and global warming emissions Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Lighting the Way What We Can Learn from America s Top 12 Solar States Solar energy is on the rise America s solar energy revolution has been led by 12 states including New Jersey that have used public policies to open the door for solar energy and are reaping the rewards as a result Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center America s Dirtiest Power Plants America s power plants are among the most significant sources of carbon dioxide pollution in the world The 50 most polluting U S power plants emit more than 2 percent of the world s energy related carbon dioxide pollution or more pollution than every nation except six worldwide Keep Reading Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 next last Featured Staff Doug O Malley Director Read more about our staff Research Policy Results Less toxic mercury in our water air and bodies After our research helped shine a media spotlight on the health problems mercury can cause

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    create a world class public transit system that is reliable and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Report Reveals NJ s Top 5 Most Carbon Polluting Power Plants Even as New Jersey works to cut carbon pollution and transition to clean energy power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution across the nation The report titled America s Dirtiest Power Plants comes as the Obama administration readies a new set of rules to tackle global warming It illustrates the scale of carbon pollution from New Jersey s power sector and ranks New Jersey s biggest carbon polluters and shows that New Jersey s power plants emit as much as carbon pollution as 3 7 million cars Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey President Obama s Climate Plan a Clear Win for New Jersey President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants advance energy efficiency and increase the nation s commitment to renewable energy In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy a dizzying stretch of extreme weather events and continued temperature records the president s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment New Jersey and many others Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather Long Branch NJ Five months after Superstorm Sandy led to unspeakable losses throughout New Jersey and its Shore communities a new Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center report finds that weather related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future Millions of New Jerseyans have endured extreme weather causing extremely big problems for New Jersey s health safety environment and economy said Dan DeRosa field organizer with Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center Given that global warming will likely fuel even more extreme weather we need to cut dangerous carbon pollution now Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center In the Path of the Storm Weather disasters kill or injure hundreds of Americans each year and cause billions of dollars in damage The risks posed by some types of weather related disasters will likely increase in a warming world Scientists have already detected increases in extreme precipitation events and heat waves in the United States and climate science tells us that global warming will likely lead to further changes in weather extremes Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Research Policy Center A Double Success The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI is a central strategy in the Northeastern states efforts to protect the region from global warming The program which took effect in 2009 has succeeded in cutting carbon dioxideemissions and demonstrating the effectiveness of cap and trade as a global warming solution while helping to sustain a growing regional economy

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  • Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center
    more equitable transportation options for low and moderate income residents Yet despite transit s clear benefit to New Jersey the state has systematically shirked its responsibility to invest the dollars necessary to create a world class public transit system that is reliable and affordable NJ For Transit Stuck at the Station Report More Research Policy Education Action News Release Environment New Jersey New Jersey Sits on the Sidelines as Northeast States Plan Deeper Cuts in Power Plant Pollution Power plant pollution in the Northeast would decline by more than 20 percent in the next decade under a plan announced today by Northeast and Mid Atlantic state environmental and energy officials Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey Wind Power for a Cleaner America As Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath prompt more New Jerseyans to call for action to tackle global warming and the rise in extreme weather Environment New Jersey released a new report that shows that New Jersey s current power generation from wind energy displaces as much global warming pollution as taking 2000 cars off the road per year A 2010 law passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Christie will bring far more wind power to New Jersey over the next decade significantly reducing global warming pollution and cutting the state s reliance on fossil fuels Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey Wind Energy in New Jersey Will Prevent as Much Global Warming Pollution as Taking 376 482 Cars Off the Road Each Year As Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath prompt more New Jerseyans to call for action to tackle global warming and the rise in extreme weather Environment New Jersey released a new report today that shows that New Jersey s current power generation from wind energy displaces as much global warming pollution as taking 2000 cars off the road per year A 2010 law passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Christie will bring far more wind power to New Jersey over the next decade significantly reducing global warming pollution and cutting the state s reliance on fossil fuels Keep Reading News Release Environment New Jersey New Jersey Poised To Make History in the Race for Offshore Wind As the clock ticks down for Congress to extend critical tax credits for wind power a new report shows that with continued state and federal leadership New Jersey could be among the first states along the Atlantic seaboard with offshore wind farms Keep Reading Report Environment New Jersey The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy As America struggles to revitalize our economy create jobs secure an energy independent future and protect our communities and wildlife from the dangers of climate change one energy source offers a golden opportunity to power our homes and businesses without creating more pollution Atlantic offshore wind Keep Reading Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 next last Featured Staff Doug O Malley Director Read more about our staff Research Policy Results Less toxic mercury

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