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NEW JERSEY CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the New Jersey Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in New Jersey: over 33,800
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in New Jersey: over 4,200
  • Number of solar jobs in New Jersey: over 6,400
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in New Jersey: over 450,000
  • Number of solar businesses in New Jersey: 591
  • Number of New Jerseyans working in clean energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 24,000
  • Number of wind industry manufacturing facilities in New Jersey: 12

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Number of New Jerseyans who are especially vulnerable to extreme heat: over 180,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in New Jersey from 2007-2016: 15
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in New Jersey in 2018: 3
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in New Jersey: over 1,300
  • Number of New Jerseyans at risk of inland flooding: over 300,000
  • Number of New Jerseyans at risk of coastal flooding: 352,000
    • Number of additional New Jerseyans projected to be at risk due to sea level rise by 2050: 110,000

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of New Jerseyans that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 74%
  • Percentage of New Jerseyans that believe climate change is caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 61%
  • Percentage of New Jerseyans worried about climate change: 67%
  • Percentage of New Jerseyans who support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 78%