Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Every Friday, we round up the most interesting and insightful climate stories from the week. Check in to learn about major developments, new findings, and effective strategies for motivating action.
 
SOLUTIONS
 
According to a new jobs report from the Environmental Defense Fund’s Fund’s Climate Corps program, the clean-energy industry now has at least 4 million jobs.
 

Solar-energy Jobs Are Growing 12 Times as Fast as the U.S. Economy (Business Insider)

And a separate report from the U.S. Department of Energy found that the solar sector employed twice as many workers in 2016 than power generation from coal, gas and oil combined.
 

For U.S. Jobs Creation, Renewables Are a Better Bet Than Coal (IEEE Spectrum)

 
COMMUNICATIONS
 
In rural America, farmers deal with and talk about climate change every day – but they call it something else.
 

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’ (New York Times)

 
POLITICS
 
Despite having more votes cast against him than any secretary of state nominee in Senate history, Rex Tillerson was confirmed and sworn in on Wednesday.
 

Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson Confirmed as Secretary of State (New York Times)

 
IMPACTS
 
New research published this week in the journal Translational Psychiatry found that for older women, breathing polluted air nearly doubles the likelihood of developing dementia.
 

The Surprising Link Between Air Pollution and Alzheimer’s Disease (Los Angeles Times)

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