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Every Friday, we round up the most interesting and useful climate stories from the week. Check in to learn about new research, major breakthroughs, and effective techniques for engaging on climate change.

COMMUNICATIONS

What’s the best way to convince people to take action on climate? In the first of a series of videos on climate solutions, the University of California and news website Vox suggest using social pressure and positive messages.
Experts Come Up With Surprising Solutions to Climate Change in New UC/Vox Video Series (UCLA Newsroom)

Vox also featured an interview with Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Tea Party, in which she shares techniques for engaging conservatives on clean energy – namely, using phrases they can relate to and respect, like “energy freedom” and “national security.”
I’m a Tea Party Conservative. Here’s How to Win Over Republicans on Renewable Energy. (Vox)

RESEARCH

Rhodium Group, a research consultancy, conducted their own analysis of data from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and found that people’s belief in climate science is tightly correlated to how they voted in the 2016 election.
Climate Change’s Partisan Divide (Rhodium Group)

IMPACTS

The American Lung Association released their 2017 “State of the Air” report, which analyzes air quality across the nation. Though there was significant improvement compared with the 2016 report, the analysis still found that more than four in 10 people had unhealthy air quality in their communities.
State of the Air 2017 (American Lung Association)

CNN did a great write-up of the recent report from the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, which maps how climate change is impacting public health in different regions of the United States.
Where Climate Change Is Threatening the Health of Americans (CNN)

SOLUTIONS

Though the Trump administration seems determined to double down on fossil fuels, the New York Times reports that the investment outlook for clean energy is actually quite good.
Investing in Solar and Wind in a Coal and Oil Moment (New York Times)

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