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

Clean Energy

COMMUNICATIONS

Even our most skillful climate communicators, like Al Gore, can strengthen their messaging. This story discussed experts’ advice on how being candid can turn a potential liability into a powerful talking point.

Al Gore’s Tremendous Wealth Complicates His Climate Message. That Can Change. (The Huffington Post)

And in this article, climate scientists and communicators weighed in on how to have constructive discussions about climate change with doubters.

What Should You Say to a Climate Change Skeptic? (The Los Angeles Times)

RESEARCH

This month, ecoAmerica decided to explore a key factor thought to influence climate attitudes— religion. Our recently published poll found that over 95% of Americans agree we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of nature.

American Climate Perspectives, August 2017: Finding Common Ground (ecoAmerica website)

A new study by Stanford University researchers found that California’s carbon-offset program is not only reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, but also helping to protect forests, which in turn help store carbon and prevent it from being released into the atmosphere.

A Controversial California Effort to Fight Climate Change Just Got Some Good News (The Washington Post)

ADVOCACY

A wide range of  clean-energy associations are teaming up to promote how the industry is creating jobs and providing reliable electricity, in hopes of reaching those unmoved by appeals to climate care. They’ve even set up a National Clean Energy Week for Sept. 25.

Groups to Launch Clean-Energy Lobbying Blitz (Axios)

SOLUTIONS

This article described an ambitious vision we can all get behind: “a detailed roadmap for 139 countries [that] outlines a path to a future powered entirely by wind, water and solar energy.”

Worldwide 100% Renewable Energy Possible By 2050, Claims Detailed New Plan (Cosmos)

Speaking of clean energy, we all know it helps reduce greenhouse gases and other forms of air pollution. But now we have a dollar figure for these and other benefits, as this story reported:

Wind and Solar Power Are Saving Americans an Astounding Amount of Money (Vox)

POLITICS

State governments in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based emissions-cutting plan, agreed to reduce those from power plants an extra 30 percent between 2020 and 2030. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are leading the way.

Nine States Aggressively Step Up Plans to Cut Emissions (The Boston Globe)

LOCAL LEADERSHIP

Santa Fe, New Mexico Mayor Javier Gonzales is looking into whether the city can meet a goal of running on 100% clean energy by 2025. He is a member of the Climate Mayors coalition, formed after the President said the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Mayor Sets Sights on 100 Percent Clean Energy Future (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Flagstaff, Arizona’s city council is looking to implement its first climate action plan, focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the effects of climate change on vulnerable communities there.

Search Begins For City Climate Action Consultant (Arizona Daily Sun)

 

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