Feb. 12th Roundup: BU professor ends hunger strike

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This week Climate XChange’s Maria Virginia Olano released ‘Communicating the Climate Crisis.’ A multimedia project that’s been a year in the making, it combines her unique comms insight with practical tools on how to effectively advance the conversation around climate action.

The project helps expand the communications toolbox for everyone from climate professionals to grassroots changemakers, and will no doubt significantly advance the success of current and future climate campaigns.

“We need to re-tell the climate story as a human story because it fundamentally is,” said Maria Virginia Olano to the CXC Roundup. “Communicating the climate crisis in a way that takes into account human psychology and the way we as humans process information is therefore critical.”

In an online discussion on Monday (2/10), which broke CXC’s webinar attendance record, Maria outlined her report and answered questions on how to use it. I highly recommend checking out the webinar discussion, you can watch the full recording here.

Explore the entire ‘Communicating the Climate Crisis’ project, including Maria’s comprehensive report and her discussions with key climate communicators, here.


– “Massachusetts proposal doesn’t address low-income solar barriers, advocates say” (Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network) [read the article]


– “’I Feel Victorious’: BU Professor Ends Hunger Strike Over Weymouth Compressor” (Miriam Wasser, WBUR) [read the article]

– “Attleboro area senators say climate change legislation could empower cities, towns” (Devyani Chhetri, The Sun Chronicle) [read the article]

– “$11.6-million in climate change funding awarded to Massachusetts cities and towns” (Amy Phillips, 22 WWLP) [read the article]

– “Chopping Down Trees For Solar Panels? The Choice Isn’t Clear-Cut For Stoughton Church” (Bruce Gellerman. WBUR) [read the article]

– “Springfield Making Plans To Plant A Lot Of Trees To Mitigate Climate Change” (Paul Tuthill, WAMC) [read the article]


– “Senate’s climate change proposal a good start” by Jennifer Benson, via the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

– “Taking action on climate change” by William H. Waller, via the Gloucester Daily Times.

– “Keeping climate change front and center” by Anna Gooding-Call, via the Salem News.


– “Good news, bad news on offshore wind” (Bruce Mohl, Commonwealth Magazine): “The offshore wind industry took one step forward and one step backward on Tuesday. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said its review of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project would be completed by June 12 and a final decision on the project issued by December 18 – 15 months later than originally projected. That delay, caused by the need to do a cumulative impact analysis of wind farms going up all along the East Coast, is a setback for the industry and a blow to the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The step forward came with the release of power purchase contracts with the state’s second offshore wind farm, Mayflower Wind. As promised, the contracts showed the price of wind-generated electricity is continuing to fall, a promising sign for a state looking for affordable clean energy.”


– “Clean Energy Center’s focus could shift from jobs to climate change” (Jon Chesto, Boston Globe): [read the article]


– “Flying Blind: What impact do airline offsets actually have?” (Carlie Clarcq, Climate XChange) [read the article]


– “Momentum for Cap-and-Invest Rising in Washington State” (Noa Dalzell, Climate XChange) [read the article]

– “Wisconsin considers the social cost of carbon” (Carlie Clarcq, Climate XChange) [read the article]


Missed the last CXC Roundup? Here are the top three climate headlines from last week:

  1. Massachusetts Senate passes economy-wide carbon pricing, net-zero emissions target
  2. “7 takes on Senate climate change debate”
  3. “Mass. coastal property owners beware”

Read the full Roundup here from February 4th, 2020 here.

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