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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.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program and partner Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments released a video this week on how climate change impacts human health. It features ANHE members who discuss the impacts seen in their daily work, as well as what they are doing to take action and find solutions.

Nurses Caring for Climate & Health  (ecoAmerica Vimeo page)

New exhibits at a Utah museum, including a ‘Sim City’-like video game called The Utah Climate Challenge, help to educate the public on how individual actions affect the world’s climate.

The Natural History Museum of Utah Tackles Climate Change Head-On with New Exhibit — Complete with Flying Goats (The Salt Lake Tribune)

RESEARCH

The Lancet Countdown is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and practitioners across the world that reports annually on five “indicators” of planetary health in the face of climate change. Their 2017 report, released October 31, found that much progress has been made — with much still left to achieve.

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: From 25 Years of Inaction to a Global Transformation for Public Health  (The Lancet)

ADVOCACY

Long a solar supporter, Jimmy Carter just leased 10 acres of  his land in Plains, GA,  for a sun-power array expected to generate 1.3 MW of power per year. And he’s also put panels on his Presidential library, serving as a role model for other leaders.

Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His City  (Futurism)

In 2011, retired government researcher David Goodrich biked cross-country to talk to people about climate change. Now he’s written a book about it. In this interview, he talks about what he learned.

Climate Scientist Steps Out of the Lab and Into the Wind (The Christian Science Monitor)

SOLUTIONS

Cleaner air, lower carbon: Renewable diesel fuel made from organic wastes will soon power the jets of some major European airlines. If its promise holds, will US airlines be far behind?

Planes Across Europe to Start Running on Vegetable Oil and Animal Fat in Bid to Tackle Climate Change and Toxic Air (The Independent)

POLITICS

In a week without much good political news on climate, this story is a breath of fresh air. The Environmental Protection Agency has calculated the health benefits of the carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan…and they’re even better than we thought. This might make it harder to repeal it.

Even Trump’s EPA Says Obama’s Climate Plan Would Save Thousands of Lives Each Year (The Washington Post)

STATE & LOCAL ACTION

ecoAmerica has released a new guide spotlighting case studies from local leaders across America who are taking up the mantle on climate action.  It features success stories and best practices from the health, faith, and community sectors.

Let’s Lead on Climate  (ecoAmerica website)

A California startup called OhmConnect is working with state utilities to reduce demand for power when the grid is strained.  Customers get texts, turn off lights and appliances, and are rewarded with lower bills.  Lower demand means no need to generate extra power from coal- and gas-powered plants.

Californians Are Keeping Dirty Energy Off the Grid via Text Message (Inside Climate News))

Also in in the Golden State, a new program will invest $1 billion to put photovoltaic panels atop affordable housing complexes. The money will come from carbon-trading revenues.

New California Law Helps Low-Income People Go Solar (Yale Climate Connections)

 

 

 

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