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This Week in Communities & Climate

By Ellen Hall
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Each week we share the stories that shouldn’t be missed. Local climate leaders, the latest in community climate action, and new climate research are all featured to highlight the good news coming out of cities. These are the top stories of the past week:

CITIES

On March 9, Michael Bloomberg, Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, met with French President Francois Hollande to discuss the progress cities are making on climate change. Mr. Bloomberg gave his assurance that American cities, states, and businesses would fulfill the U.S. commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

RESEARCH

The vast majority of Americans support funding renewable energy research and regulating carbon emissions, even though only 40 percent believe climate change is harming them today. (Guardian)

According to a separate survey, a majority of Americans are skeptical of climate scientists ­– but still want them to have a major role in policy decisions about climate change. (Pew Research Center)

SOLUTIONS

Solar job training programs in Appalachia are helping coal workers transition to new careers. (Yale Climate Connections)

State lawmakers in Maryland overwhelmingly overrode the Governor’s veto of a bill to increase the use of renewable energy in the state. (Baltimore Sun)

BLOG

This week’s blog explored how local leaders are successfully promoting climate solutions ­– even in places where uttering the words “climate change” is politically unwise.

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