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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

This story shows the many creative ways that “collaboration between the arts and science can help change the way we look at the environment – and spark debate on how to protect it.”

Scientists Jam with Musicians, Artists to Stir Public Passion for Nature (Thompson Reuters Foundation News)

 RESEARCH

September’s American Climate Perspectives survey found that more than 60% of those polled felt hopeful or motivated by positive climate messages. But they were also motivated by negative messages. If we can find balance in how we communicate, it’s possible to move more people to action.

 What Motivates Americans: Climate Doomsday or a Livable Future?  (ecoAmerica)

A study of how science is taught in the Empire State found that 70% of  educational leaders favor teaching climate change in public schools. It also offered analysis and best practices to help ensure that science trumps politics in teaching.

Report: NY School Board Members Support Teaching Climate Change (Albany Times-Union)

ADVOCACY

Young leaders across Alaska submitted a petition to their state environmental agency, urging it to help cut CO2 emissions by regulating the fossil fuel industry.

Teen Activists Urge State to Take Stronger Stance on Climate Change  (Alaska KYUK)

SOLUTIONS

The article’s opening lines say it all: “For the first time in the history of the burgeoning U.S. wind industry, a wind farm got hit by a hurricane—and it was back producing power within days.”

In Big Test of Wind Farm Durability, Texas Facility Quickly Restarts After Harvey (The Wall Street Journal)

Mars’ CEO announced the corporation’s new business-wide plan to reduce its carbon footprint more than 60% by 2050.  And the M&Ms maker wants other companies to do the same.

“We’re Trying to Go All In”: Chocolate Giant Mars Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change (Business Insider)

POLITICS

This article details how slowly but surely, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and others are building respectful, productive relationships with politicians that lead to action on climate change.

How Do You Shift Republicans on Climate? Be Nice (E&E News)

To help cut everyone’s taxes, both parties are getting behind he concept of charging a carbon fee on companies that emit greenhouse gases.

Dems and Conservatives Alike Want to Help Trump Cut Taxes — By Charging Carbon Polluters (CNBC)

STATE & LOCAL LEADERSHIP

In this essay, Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains why he signed an executive order committing Chicago to the carbon-reduction goals of the Paris climate agreement. He also outlines what it’s already accomplished, and urges other cities to participate.

If Donald Trump Won’t Tackle Climate Change, Then Chicago Will   (The Guardian)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has committed to cooling the city by 3 degrees F over 20 years. One step will be reducing the “heat-island effect” by coating its roads with a light-colored sealant.

To Guard Against Climate Change, Los Angeles Is Painting Its Streets White (Popular Science)

 

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