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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

People don’t like information that challenges their fundamental beliefs, says new research from the University of Cambridge. But they’ll listen to messages that change their perception of the norm.

Showing Conservatives the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Can Shift Their Views on the Issue  (Pacific Standard)

RESEARCH

Climate action is rising and concern is hitting a new high. Learn the details in our December public opinion poll, published this week:

American Climate Perspectives, December 2017 (ecoAmerica website)

France announced  the 18 winners of research grants it’s bestowing on US and other climate scientists to help “make our planet great again.” The funding is designed to replace federal budget cuts after America pulled out of the Paris pact.

Macron Awards US Scientists Grants to Move to France in Defiance of Trump (The Guardian)

ADVOCACY

Our American Climate Leadership Summit Recommendations Report is out! Learn what the best minds from a diversity of sectors discussed at the event and the actions they’re committing to now:

Vision for 2018: Leadership Summit Report Released (ecoAmerica blog; download the report at our website)

SOLUTIONS

A computer giant is ploughing money into a sustainability research program that provides technology and training to organizations working on solving climate-change challenges.

Microsoft Investing $50 Million in AI Climate Change Program (The Seattle Times)

POLITICS

Two years after the Paris treaty, the One Planet Summit met this past week to galvanize new action on climate change. Read about what nations and business titans are planning:

World Leaders Take Aim at Climate Change and Trump   (Los Angeles Times)

One of the most dramatic announcements at the Summit came from a powerful international financial institution, which declared that, after 2019,  it will no longer finance fossil fuels.

World Bank to End Financial Support for Oil and Gas Extraction  (The Guardian)

Another unexpected win for the environment came last Tuesday, as a red state turned blue–electing a U.S. senator who campaigned on a climate-action platform.

Doug Jones’ Win Breaks Alabama’s Long Record of Electing Climate Change Deniers  (Huffington Post)

STATE & LOCAL ACTION

This month, Gov. Mark Dayton issued an order that requires all North Star State agencies to hit aggressive and specific environmental goals in the next decade and a half. They’re already off to a good start at the Dept. of Military Affairs.

California Did It. North Carolina Did It. Can Minnesota Government Go Green? (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

The Jersey Shore area is looking out for communities vulnerable to climate-change impacts. Five years out from Superstorm Sandy, local groups held a climate change and energy town hall focused on how to prepare for future storms and ensure environmental  justice.

Forum in Atlantic City Addresses Environmental Equity, Post-Sandy Problems (Press of Atlantic City)

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