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2020-JUN: New Jersey becomes the
first state to have climate change
taught throughout public school.
First town above the Arctic Circle
exceeds 100 degrees F!

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Some courses will begin during the 2020-SEP school year; others in 2021-SEP.

First Lady Tammy Murphy joined with 130 educators to create the course content. New Jersey has recently been suffering from the level of the Atlantic ocean rising, their rivers rising, and their cities overheating, algal blooms in its lakes, receeding shore lines. The class will include reasons why the Earth is warming up and what can be done to mitigate it.

She said:

"This generation of students will feel the effects of climate change more than any other, and it is critical that every student is provided an opportunity to study and understand the climate crisis through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary lens."

She also said:

"The adoption of these standards is much more than an added educational requirement; it is a symbol of a partnership between generations,” she said. “Decades of short-sighted decision-making has fueled this crisis and now we must do all we can to help our children solve it.

The generation of students will feel the effects of climate change more than any other, and it is critical that every student is provided an opportunity to study and understand the climate crisis through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary lens." .

Governor Phil Murphy released his proposal for the state to abandon all fossil fuels and reach 100% clean energy by the year 2050. This is needed to lower the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphe. The presence of such gasses prevents the Earth's heat from dissipating into space.

He issued a statement saying:

"“By incorporating these standards into the nation’s number one public education system, we are creating a catalyst and knowledge base for new green jobs and teaching our children to become leaders who will propel New Jersey forward to 100 percent clean energy by 2050."

The courses will include seven topics: 

  • 21st-century life and careers;
  • Comprehensive health and physical education;
  • Science;
  • Social studies;
  • Technology;
  • Visual and performing arts; and
  • World languages.

The MSN article states that: "More than 80 percent of parents polled agreed that their children should be learning about climate change.

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2020-JUN-20: Siberian town attains new temperature high:

The town Verkhoyansk is located just North of the Arctic circle in Siberia. It has a population of about 1,300. It became the first urban area above the Arctic Circle to exceed 100 degrees F (86 degrees C). Several weather stations reported a new high of 100.4 F. One result of the high temperatures during 2020 have been wildfires. 31 of them are burning through almost a million acres of land near Verkhoyansk. Elsewhere in Siberia, permafrost has been melting. In one location, it caused the ground to sink underneath several oil tanks, causing leaks.

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References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. Scott Fallon, "New Jersey becomes first state to incorporate climate change in K-12 curriculum," North 2020-JUN-03, at:
  2. "New Jersey Becomes First State to Include Climate Change in School Curriculum — a ‘Critical’ Step,", 2020-JUN-04, at:
  3. Brandon Specktor, "Siberian town records 100 degree F day — the hottest in Arctic history," Live Science, 2020-JUN-24, at:

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Latest update: 2020-JUN-22
Author: B.A. Robinson

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