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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

We can increase our own and others’ personal post-hurricane resilience through words, attitudes, and behavior. ecoAmerica’s Mental Health and Our Changing Climate report offers tips on what helps most.

Communicating Compassion: Supporting Mental Health Before and After a Storm (ecoAmerica blog)

This article shares examples of the best climate reporting and talks about how to overcome the challenges journalists face in telling these stories.

 Covering Climate Change, with Urgency and Creativity (Nieman Reports)

RESEARCH 

ecoAmerica recently released its annual roundup of results from its monthly polls. Plenty of good news here: Personal concern about climate change has reached an all time high, for example.

American Climate Perspectives: 2017 Annual Summary  (ecoAmerica)

Here’s the dirt (literally): Soon to be published scientific research has found that the way we grow food could make a large, positive impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

New Study Shows Organic Farming Traps Carbon in Soil to Combat Climate Change  (Civil Eats)

 

ADVOCACY 

Whether answering pageant questions on TV or working in disadvantaged communities, the individuals profiled in these stories are speaking up for and talking climate action.

Crossing Trump on Climate, Miss America Fears No Tweet  (Associated Press via The Miami Herald)

Valencia Gunder: ‘Boots on the Ground’ at the Front Lines of Climate Change, Poverty and Disaster (Medium)

 

SOLUTIONS

The Obama-era “Sunshot Initiative” to cut the cost of solar energy to 6 cents/kWh has been reached! President Trump’s Dept. of Energy announced $82 million in new funding for solar research, too.

Cost of U.S. Solar Drops 75 Percent in Six Years, Ahead of Federal Goal (Yale Environment 360)

The world’s third-largest automaker is cleaning up its act. Volkswagen announced plans to switch to an all-EV line. Its CEO said, “The transformation in our industry is unstoppable. And we will lead that transformation.”

VW to Build Electric Versions of All 300 Models by 2030  (Bloomberg)

 

POLITICS

Ahead of the U.N. General Assembly meeting and Climate Week, Chief White House economic adviser Gary Cohn will meet with senior climate and energy ministers from the world’s largest economies to talk about emissions reductions. Some think it’s a hopeful sign.

Top White House Official to Discuss Climate Change at U.N.  (The New York Times)

 

STATE & LOCAL LEADERSHIP

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced a new mandate to cut fossil-fuel use in heating and cooling its energy-hungry skyscrapers and other public and private buildings. This article notes the move is “a first-of-its-kind initiative intended to make the Big Apple a national leader in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.”

New York’s Buildings Emit Most of Its Greenhouse Gases. The Mayor Has a Plan to Change That

(The Washington Post)

 

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