Industrial facilities dumped 8.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jerseys’s waterways, making New Jersey’s waterways the 12th worst in the nation, according to a new report released today by Environment New Jersey.
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.
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.
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 and species, and the well-being of our people with extreme weather events and new threats to public health.