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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. 

COMMUNICATIONS

A new study found that a lecture by evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educated evangelical college students.  Among other results, it found that 67% of these students gained a greater appreciation of the harmful impacts of climate change, and 55% rated acting on climate change as a higher priority than before. The study gave a boost to the “trusted sources” approach to climate-change communication.

Study: Katharine Hayhoe Is Successfully Convincing Doubtful Evangelicals About Climate Change  (The Guardian)

A University of Minnesota group has been traveling around their region in a refurbished camper, gathering oral histories from everyday people. This creative, human-centered approach is helping Prof. Rebecca Montgomery and her colleagues see links between the data they are collecting about climate change and what lay people are observing about plants, animals, and the weather.

Telling the Climate Change Story (Park Bugle)

 RESEARCH

A growing body of research suggests that perceptions of climate change are influenced by people’s personal experience with climate-related natural disasters.  This story discussed why “Hurricane Harvey might actually end up hurting the very climate skepticism that helped catapult Trump to the presidency in the first place.”

Could Hurricane Harvey Deal a Fatal Blow to Climate Change Skepticism?  (Pacific Standard)

ADVOCACY

The American Climate Leadership Summit is coming to Washington, D.C. October 25-26,  and we’re getting excited.  This week ecoAmerica’s blog introduced five more of the eminent speakers who will be participating.

American Climate Leadership Summit Announces Additional Speakers

Artist and former photojournalist Justin Brice Guariglia wears tattoos of climate-change graphs on his arms. His passion for the environment has led him to join a NASA climate-science expedition — and to mount a thought-provoking exhibit depicting the impacts of humans on the global landscape.

A Man on an Eco-Mission in Mixed Media (The New York Times)

SOLUTIONS

We know that trees help absorb carbon dioxide, which is why tree-planting is a popular climate solution. A campaign in the UK, led by professors, aims to make it a statement, too.  They plan to plant millions of acres of trees by December 24, 2017, to offset the effects of increased emissions expected under current U.S. climate change policies.

How to Offset Trump’s Climate Science Ignorance – Plant 10bn Trees (The Guardian)

Resourceful governments, businesses, and scientists are finding clean power sources in unexpected places. This story introduced some of the most promising and unusual ones.

Coffee, Algae and Exploding Lakes: Are These the Renewables of the Future? (The Independent)

POLITICS

The Climate Solutions Caucus, a panel of Congress members from both sides of the aisle, has blossomed from just a few representatives to 50. This story shares how these leaders are working constructively with their constituents.

Bipartisan Climate Caucus Sees Surge in Membership (Public News Service)

STATE & LOCAL LEADERSHIP

This editorial on the RGGI agreement pointed out that “The one bright spot amid the generally gloomy news about climate change…is the determination of a number of state governments to take action on their own.”

States Dare to Think Big on Climate Change  (The New York Times)

You don’t have to be a state to think big, though. One county in Illinois has created a three-pronged Climate Action Pledge that urges community leaders and officials to take bipartisan action: “Move Lake County beyond coal, adopt ambitious clean-energy goals, and build climate-resilient infrastructure.”

Lake County Leaders Pledge to Tackle Climate Change (Daily Herald)

 

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