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Our solution to climate change? Democracy.

Conserving Carolina says, "Three cheers for our partners the Citizens Climate Lobby who successfully supported this [carbon tax credit] policy in Canada and who are mobilizing grassroots support for it in the U.S.! Citizen lobbyists are the heart of this campaign. If you want to be a part of the solution, find your local chapter of CCL and get involved." Check it out....

We empower everyday people to work together on climate solutions…

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Judy Anderson

Ensuring that NbS support thriving human and ecological communities

Over three days at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Nature-based Solutions Conference considered techniques such as forest creation or mangrove restoration, which are increasingly appearing in climate strategies.

Their mission is to enhance understanding of the value of nature-based solutions to societal challenges and to help ensure they support thriving human societies and ecosystems without compromising efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground…

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Americans beginning to correlate extreme weather with a climate crisis, but purse strings are still tight

A recent poll found that 70% of Americans see climate change as a crisis or major problem. And while 78% of Americans reported being personally affected by extreme weather, only 39% are willing to take on costs to prevent it. Understanding what people care about and how they can see value in those changes will be important. Many are feeling the stress of inflation and uncertainty.

Broader socioeconomic factors are also affecting those who are experiencing weather events, and more importantly, how these parties can financially respond to these events — and thus how willing they are to pay even more.

For instance, only 29% of households that experienced extreme events had 100% of their damages covered by insurance. Renters though had it worse — with those who have experienced extreme events being uninsured 70% of the time…

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A review of invasive species reporting apps for citizen science and opportunities for innovation

The Northwest Climate Adaption Center provides reliable and interesting information related to climate change impacts and solutions. This is a scientific article they posted that might be of interest.

While more reporting apps are developed each year, innovation across diverse functionalities and data management in this field are occurring separately and simultaneously amongst numerous research groups with little attention to trends, priorities, and opportunities for improvement.

This creates the risk of duplication of effort and missed opportunities for implementing new and existing functionalities that would directly benefit IAS research and management…

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Yale Map

Estimated % of adults who think global warming is happening

Here's the thing: an estimated 72% of Americans believe climate change is real. That's hopeful.

These maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels. NOTE: The Congressional District data are based on the 116th Congress. Recent and ongoing redistricting means that some of these data are not current (e.g. North Carolina) for the Congressional District level.

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Person to know: Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is an amazing communicator, and advocate for climate change awareness. Talk about the work she is doing is a first step in talking about the change we wish to see.

Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and Christian, is working to bring hope to the climate change debate.

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Judy Anderson

Finding hope — and faith — in the climate change debate

Connecting around shared values is central to building support for climate action. How are you including the people of faith in your community? Talking about climate change, and solutions to address it, is critical to making action possible.

Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and Christian, is working to bring hope to the climate change debate. On Saturday night [in Salt Lake City, Utah], she did so by describing a giant boulder on a hill…

“People are willing to do something if they feel like what they do will make a difference,” she said.

“Is talking sufficient? Of course not. Is talking necessary? 100%,” she said.

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Thoughtful Ag

Fighting climate change through farming

In Central California, small ranches and farms are growing their connections — to the land, to the past, and to each other. And that's happening all over this country. This article includes a video that features a Midwest farmer taking action around clover crops. We need to share these stories so people understand that farming is part of the climate solution.

Some research suggests that widespread trapping of carbon in soil through practices such as cover cropping, low- or no-till cultivation, and crop rotation could globally store up to the equivalent of eight billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year—nearly matching current annual emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, though more research is needed to determine if the gains decline overtime…

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Feed people; power economies; foster peace with agrivoltaics

I continue to grapple with the climate news, the war in the Ukraine, and how they are actually linked. I don't know if you've been following this line of thinking, but there's a lot of data on what this means. There is also the realization that we can turn this around. Check out this post; I'll be curious to know what you think.

“Amidst the noise, haste, and chaos of modern life there are more positive developments for humanity than one might think. Everyone focuses on the disasters of the climate crisis, and while those do motivate our daily work, we also feel it’s important to highlight the hopeful – the very real innovations pushing our clean energy movement forward…”

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From The Ground Up

From the Ground Up

See what you think of this inspiring short film showing the impact of regenerative (climate-smart) farming in Australia. Farmers and ranchers in the arid U.S. have a lot in common with our friends "down under."

Farming with nature, and using rotational grazing and regenerative practices, makes a considerable impact on the landscapes of the farms featured in this film.

Inspired by Charles Massy’s best-selling book, “Call of the Reed Warbler,” filmmaker Amy Browne set out across the dry farming country of South East NSW [Australia] to meet Massy and the other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land…

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