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Consensus About Climate Change Among Weathercasters Nearly Unanimous

As severe storms, extreme temperatures, and other climate-related weather events grow more common, climate awareness among weathercasters continues to rise. A new survey from George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication found that 99 percent of U.S. weathercasters accept the existence of climate change (an increase of nearly 9 percent since May of last […]

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Study: Physicians Have a Unique Opportunity to Shape Climate Opinions

Health professionals have been aware of the public health impacts of climate change for some time now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention devoted their December 2014 Grand Rounds to the topic, the Lancet published a report about the risks of climate change last June, and the Surgeon General urged climate action at the […]

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Why the Rockefeller Family Fund Is Divesting From Fossil Fuels

For many years, the name Rockefeller was practically synonymous with oil – John D Rockefeller was a founder of Standard Oil (a predecessor of ExxonMobil), and fossil fuels helped create much of the family’s legendary wealth. So it’s significant that the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) has announced that it is withdrawing all its fossil fuel […]

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What Does the New Era of Climate Leadership Look Like?

Why did the Paris climate talks succeed while the 2009 Copenhagen talks did not? The tone and style of leadership had a lot to do with it – optimism instead of fatalism, a sense of opportunity rather than a fear of sacrifice, and a desire to protect all of humanity instead of narrow self-interests.   […]

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The Link Between the Zika Virus and Climate Justice

As carbon emissions cause global temperatures to rise, health professionals have noticed a spread in mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus. In northern parts of the United States, cool weather has traditionally caused mosquito activity to stop during the winter months. But as winters grow warmer, these natural barriers are going away.   Now, a […]

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New Record: 65% of Americans Accept That Climate Change Is Caused by Human Activity

The U.S. may have reached an important tipping point for climate action. According to a new Gallup poll, concern about climate change is at its highest level in eight years, with 64 percent of respondents saying they worried “a great deal” about the warming planet.   Other climate opinions reached entirely new levels: 41 percent […]

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Health Professionals Protect the Climate, Press for Clean, Healthy Renewable Energy

Progress to slow the pace of climate change is uneven, and the “big levers” – steps that will have widespread impact – are few. Thus, when the Supreme Court recently placed a stay on the Clean Power Plan, it threw concerned health professionals for a loop.   The Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a policy […]

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Global Carbon Emissions Flatten as Economy Grows – For Second Straight Year

The increase in clean energy around the globe is having a tangible effect – in both 2014 and 2015, greenhouse gas emissions did not increase, while the global GDP grew by 3.4 and 3.1 percent respectively.   This is big news because for the previous four decades, emissions and GDP have increased or decreased in tandem. […]

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How to Communicate With Conservatives About Climate Solutions

Building a strong, widespread base of support for climate solutions means engaging all Americans on climate issues, whether they’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between. A message that resonates with one group may not resonate with another – that’s why it’s vital to tailor the message so it connects with the personal identities, values, and […]

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Reframing Climate Change – What Works Best

Our goal here at ecoAmerica is to find the best ways to engage Americans on climate issues. One of the approaches we advocate is to frame climate issues in new ways that grab people’s attention and strike a chord. But does it work? This Vox article seems to say no – but only at first. […]

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