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

COMMUNICATIONS

There’s little doubt that social media has played a role in the increasing polarization of the climate debate. A recent study explored how the tone and style of Facebook exchanges varied depending on the commenter’s existing views of climate science, and which news outlet page the comments appeared on.

Contrasting Styles in Online Climate Change Posts (Yale Climate Connections)

RESEARCH

Also from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, these highly detailed maps show how climate opinions differ not only state by state, but county by county.

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps (New York Times)

And according to a new study from Media Matters for America, broadcast networks covered climate change 66 percent less in 2016 than 2015.

How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change In 2016 (Media Matters for America)

SOLUTIONS

The Town Council of Abita Springs, LA and the Common Council of Madison, WI passed resolutions to transition to 100% renewable electricity community-wide, bringing us up to 25 cities and towns in the U.S. that are committed to 100% renewable energy.

Meet the Republican Mayor Fighting for Renewable Energy in Louisiana (Motherboard)

Madison, Wisconsin Commits to 100% Renewable Energy (Inhabitant)

PROGRESS

Globally, carbon emissions and economic growth continued their decoupling trend.

CO2 Emissions Stay Same for Third Year in Row – Despite Global Economy Growing (Guardian)

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