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Political Affiliation Affects How People Perceive Extreme Weather

Weather events like unseasonably warm days or epic snowstorms should be a convincing argument for climate change. But according to a new study in Nature Climate Change, how people perceive the weather has a lot to do with their political beliefs. Respondents were polled in March 2012, just after an unusually warm winter. As outlined […]

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Corporate Sustainability: How Major Companies Are Leading By Example

Sustainability is an increasingly important part of corporate planning – and we’re seeing inspiring efforts across nearly every industry. The fifth LEED-certified McDonalds in the U.S. is slated to open in Cary, North Carolina, next spring. Ford Motor Company is installing solar and wind power systems at four of its dealerships. And as this article […]

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The Health Challenges (and Opportunities) of Climate Change

This past week, the news was full of stories about Buffalo’s massive snowstorm, which meteorologists link to climate change. But severe weather isn’t the only effect we’re feeling. Health impacts have also been reported – and health leaders are speaking out to help raise awareness of this issue. In this Wired article, Howard Frumkin, Dean […]

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How Communities Can Make Local Sustainability More Inclusive

Communities on the front line of climate impacts are leading the movement to address this challenge and prepare for the future. More than 80% of Americans now live in urban communities, including cities, towns, and populous counties. These communities, where Americans live, learn, work, worship, and vote, are incubators of policy innovation and public engagement. […]

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Clean Energy Solutions Are Gaining Momentum

The arguments in favor of renewable energy like wind and solar keep getting stronger. As this Bloomberg article recently noted, solar power is expected to be as affordable or more affordable than standard electricity in 36 states by 2016. That gives households and business all the more reason to invest in solar. Wind power is […]

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Turning Concern Into Action on Climate Change

The majority of Americans believe climate change is happening and that we can do something about it. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean climate action is a priority for them. How can we inspire them to change their behavior?   This Washington Post article offers a clue. According to a study of consumers in Buenos Aires, […]

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Urban Art Raises Climate Change Awareness

To residents of dense urban areas, the idea of protecting nature can seem somewhat abstract. But a new art project in Upper Manhattan is helping to change that. As this New York Times article describes, a local artist and a local gallery owner have partnered with the National Audubon Society to create murals of all […]

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How to Communicate Your Carbon Offset Strategy

As businesses move towards greater sustainability, carbon offsets can help bridge the gap between current efficiencies and those they’re working to reach. But, as Triple Pundit explains, talking about carbon offsets can be challenging. The article offers several tips for communicating offset decisions, including choosing offsets that match your company’s values and balancing your message […]

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Speed Dating for Climate Solutions

I recently had coffee with my newly single friend who filled me in on her speed dating and on-line matchmaking adventures. As it turns out, speed dating is not just about meeting new romantic partners these days. San Diego Students for Sustainability, based at San Diego State University, used the speed dating technique to help […]

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Belief in Climate Change Depends on How You Frame the Solutions

With so much evidence showing that climate change is a reality, why do some some groups still deny that it exists? A new Duke University study helps explain why conservatives and liberals disagree so strongly on certain issues: people evaluate the evidence of problems based on whether the solutions align with their political beliefs.   […]

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