Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of Feb. 11-17

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 solutions for addressing climate change.
 
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Greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. decreased in 2015, bringing overall climate pollution to below 1994 levels. The reductions were partly due to electricity companies switching from coal to natural gas.

America’s Climate Pollution is Falling, EPA Report Says (Climate Central)

 

A bipartisan group of 20 state leaders – members of the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition – wrote President Trump a letter asking him to support clean energy.

Governors Urge Trump to Support Wind and Solar Power (Bloomberg)

 
With Los Angeles residents sweltering due to the “urban heat island effect,” Mayor Garcetti wants to reduce average temperatures by 3 degrees over the next 20 years – and he’s enlisting a team of scientists to help.

L.A.’s Mayor Wants to Lower the City’s Temperature. These Scientists Are Figuring Out How to Do It (LA Times)

 
Meanwhile, faith congregations in Louisville, KY are taking their urban-heat problem into their own hands, aided by The Nature Conservancy.

Louisville’s Faith-Based Plan to Fight Urban Heat (CityLab)

 
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The partial failure of the dam in Oroville, California due to unusually heavy rains highlights a larger challenge – how the nation’s aging water infrastructure will handle the new realities of climate change.

What California’s Dam Crisis Says About the Changing Climate (New York Times)

 
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