More than 700,000 New Jerseyans who suffer from asthma. Another 300,000 more live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. That’s one million people whose airpaths may become even more constricted as climate change heats the Garden State at a staggering pace.
Since 1970, New Jersey has experienced a 3°F increase in annual average temperatures, making it one of the fastest-warming states in the nation.
This warming trend, combined with pollution from cars, power plants and chemical plants, is expected to increase the number of days each year that New Jersey residents inhale unsafe levels of ozone pollution, also called smog.