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Every Friday, we round up the week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments, new findings, and effective solutions for addressing climate change.

Climate News

COMMUNICATIONS

Al Gore’s new movie is “worth watching,” says one reviewer: It shows real-world effects of climate change, introduces us to people impacted by it, and offers hope.

An Inconvenient Sequel – The Science, History, and Politics of Climate Change  (The Guardian)

RESEARCH

Science website Climate Brief crunched more than 140 studies to create an interactive global map on the links between climate change and weather. Click here to explore the map and read more about the findings.

Map Shows Human Influence on Extreme Weather (includes audio; Yale Climate Connections)

New research has found that organic farming is more climate friendly –and some experts argue that making the switch wouldn’t disrupt crop yields or use much extra land.

Switching to Organic Farming Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Study Shows (The Guardian)

ADVOCACY

Path to Positive Utah officially launched on November 14 in Salt Lake City.  The new organization comprises diverse group of trusted community leaders from local government, public health, higher education, faith, non-profit and business who seek to understand, prepare for, and raise awareness about the risks and solutions of climate change.

Climate Change Declaration Signed by Utah Business and Civic Leaders (Fox 13 Salt Lake City)

SOLUTIONS

Geothermal energy, a form of clean power that lies beneath our feet, is spreading across American communities.

Welcome to the Steam-Powered Suburbs (CityLab)

This article argues that we’re poised to avert the worse effects of climate change using tools already in the toolkit that are rapidly scaling up.

The Seven Megatrends That Could Beat Global Warming: ‘There Is Reason for Hope’ (The Guardian)

POLITICS

The French president said he will take up the mantle on climate by paying the $2 million annual donation to the IPCC the US government has withdrawn. He also called on the rest of Europe to step up funding for climate research and actionn.

Macron: France Will Replace U.S. Funding For U.N. Climate Science (Climate Home News)

Also at COP23, mayors from 25 cities around the world pledged to put ambitious climate action plans in place by 2020 and to cut their carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. They intend to assist one another in meeting the goals, and  to hold one another accountable.

Cities Hope New Emissions Push Will Spur Climate Ambition, Finance (Reuters)

STATE & LOCAL ACTION

A Colorado ballot measure just passed that requires new buildings to install rooftop gardens or other greenery to help reduce the capital’s urban “heat island” effect. Some say it’s among the strongest rules of its type in the nation.

Denver Votes to Require Environment-Friendly ‘Green’ Roofs (Associated Press)

The Old Dominion State will develop a market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation. It’s seen as the first step toward moving into the RGGI program.

Virginia Moving Forward With Cap-And-Trade Plan Soon After Democratic Win (Washington Examiner)

 

 

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