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Rutgers Climate Institute


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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 4 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

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


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How Will Climate Change Affect NJ's Transportation, Energy, and Communications Infrastructure?

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  • This video explains how rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and sea level rise will have a direct impact on transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure in New Jersey. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video will show students how vulnerable New Jersey's infrastructure is to climate change.
  • Students will see how climate change is connected to many elements of everyday life.

Additional Prerequisites


  • Art classes could make memes that show how some element of the transportation, energy, or communications infrastructure will be impacted by climate change.
  • In English language arts classes, students could write a personal narrative about a time when their lives were impacted by transportation, energy, or communications systems failing due to extreme weather.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video about why climate change causes more extreme weather, this Hot Mess video about how rising temperatures cause more severe hurricanes, and this video about engineering solutions for the future.
Scientist Notes
This video spotlights the impact of extreme weather-related events on communication systems, the energy sectors, and built infrastructure. It narrates the interconnectedness of these impacts on residents if urgent climate action is not taken. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a: Evaluate the impact of individual, business, and government decisions and actions on the environment and climate change and assess the efficacy of government policies and agencies in New Jersey and the United States in addressing these decisions.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and 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.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.IML.5: Evaluate, synthesize, and apply information on climate change from various sources appropriately (e.g., 2.1.12.CHSS.6, S.IC.B.4, S.IC.B.6, 8.1.12.DA.1, 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a, 7.1.AL.PRSNT.2).
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