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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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.9-12 Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
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