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Climate Messaging: Lessons From the Marriage Equality Movement

In the run-up to the June 2 federal court hearing on the Clean Power Plan, climate advocates are in full force campaigning for the rule to be upheld. State attorneys general, a coalition of cities, and various environmental groups have filed or will file briefs supporting the rule. In framing the language of their arguments, […]

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How to Communicate Climate Risks In Ways That Inspire Action

As scientists and policymakers work to put together the next National Climate Assessment (due out in 2018), they are striving to find ways to ensure enough people not only read it, but act on it. The answer, according to Alice Hill, the National Security Council’s senior director for resilience policy, is to communicate the risks […]

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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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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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Study: Climate Change Beliefs are Less Polarized Among People of Color

As anyone who advocates for climate action (or even reads the news) knows, climate change is a highly politicized topic. Ordinarily, one of the prime indicators of whether or not someone accepts climate change is their political affiliation. But when it comes to people of color, the issue is not as partisan.   A recent study […]

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Florida Mayors: Presidential Debates Must Address Climate Change

As the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident, we’re seeing more and more political leaders from both parties coming together to address the issue, from a Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives to a coalition of governors who pledged to expand clean energy. The latest example of this trend is happening in […]

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The Importance of Visuals in Making Climate Change Personal

The climate movement lost a key player yesterday. As the Mashable article below reports, award-winning environmental photographer Gary Braasch died while documenting the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.   Braasch was a passionate campaigner for climate action, and his “before and after” photos offered some of the earliest visual evidence of […]

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(Video) 90% of Hispanics Want Action on Climate Change

We’ve often pointed out on this blog that communities of color show higher levels of climate awareness and concern than the rest of the American population. As Rhea Suh, president of our partner the Natural Resources Defense Council, says in this Fusion interview, this is because they are facing the tangible impacts of climate change […]

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How Being in Space Made This Astronaut Care More About Earth’s Climate

On Tuesday, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned safely to earth after 340 days aboard the International Space Station. As this Think Progress article reports, seeing the earth from space made the astronaut want to do more to protect the planet. He noticed areas that were continually covered with pollution, and weather systems far more severe […]

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