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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

Australian communications researchers have found that weathercasters are eager to educate their audiences on climate change. Now they’re developing a program to help them do that, based on one from the US.

How TV Weather Presenters Can Improve Public Understanding of Climate Change (The Conversation via Phys.org)

RESEARCH

Data published this week by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency found that all of the world’s largest carbon-emitting nations (except India) had dropping or stable greenhouse gas releases thanks to less coal burning and more use of clean energy.

Global Carbon Emissions Stood Still in 2016, Offering Climate Hope (The Guardian)

ADVOCACY

At last year’s American Climate Leadership Summit, cross-sector talks on activating climate solutions resulted in a set of “top 5” opportunities for sparking action among government and community leaders. We reviewed them in our blog this week — setting the stage for this year’s summit, whose theme is Taking Up the Mantle.

American Climate Leadership Summit: What We Learned, Where We’re Going (ecoAmerica blog)

SOLUTIONS

Methane is a short-lived but extremely powerful greenhouse gas. So we were pleasantly surprised to read that the world’s biggest oil company intends to tighten up emissions — leading the way for the rest of the fossil-fuel industry.

Exxon Vows to Cut Methane Leaks from U.S. Shale Oil and Gas Operations (Inside Climate News)

President Jimmy Carter’s prescient sun-power research initiative has spurred a booming industry and global research into next-generation solar technology.

Solar: From ‘Hippie Thing’ to Hundreds of Mirrors and 1,000 Degrees (E&E News)

Some innovations deserve the title “game changer.” Experiments by a Columbia University research team suggest that a device tapping evaporation from the nations’ lakes and reservoirs could generate massive amounts of 24/7 electricity.

Renewable Energy: Evaporation Could Power Most of the U.S. – Study (E&E News)

POLITICS

Despite disputing climate science, President Trump is expected to release a plan to regulate power plants’ emissions soon.

Trump: The Climate Regulator? (E&E News)

STATE & LOCAL ACTION

Some metro areas are more prepared than others; these places can serve as role models for resilience.

The Best US Cities to Live in to Escape the Worst Effects of Climate Change (Business Insider)

Mary D. Nichols, head of California’s Air Resources Board, is one of the reasons that state is driving America’s environmental progress.

U.S. Climate Change Policy: Made in California (The New York Times)

A recently released mini-documentary spotlighted how a city built on dirty industries — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– has become a sustainability leader.

Sustainability Pioneers: Finding Our Power (Sustainability Pioneers website; Vimeo)

 

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