Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of Feb. 25-Mar. 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 solutions for addressing climate change.
 
RESEARCH
 
70 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening, but less than half think they will be personally affected, according to a study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Their new interactive map shows how these climate opinions vary across the United States.
 

Maps Show Where Americans Care about Climate Change (Scientific American)


Climate Change Is a Threat – But It Won’t Hurt Me, Americans Say (Reuters)


With climate doubt on the rise and organizations like the EPA threatened with cuts, scientists are feeling an increasing need to speak out, and even organize protests. But some fear that taking a position on policy issues might affect their credibility and objectivity. According to a new study, those fears may be groundless.
 

Scientists Have Long Been Afraid of Engaging in ‘Advocacy.’ A New Study Says It May Not Hurt Them (Washington Post)

IMPACTS
 
The record-breaking high temperatures seen across the country in February are another symptom of climate change. Early spring weather can be damaging to crops and cause the unseasonable emergence of disease-carrying insects.
 

The U.S. Geological Survey Hails an Early Spring — and Ties It to Climate Change (Washington Post)

SOLUTIONS
 
Yesterday in D.C., members of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative urged Congress and the Trump administration to continue infrastructure investments that will protect against climate-related impacts.
 

Mississippi River Mayors Champion Investment in Resilient Infrastructure (Quad-City Times)

POLITICS
 
According to sources, the Trump administration plans to cut the EPA’s budget by one quarter, requiring a 20 percent layoff of the agency’s staffers. The spending cuts would be used to increase Defense Department spending.
 

Trump to Propose 24 Percent Cut in EPA Spending: Reports (The Hill)

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