Before you do anything else..you might think about Grist’s fabulous article about how to talk to a climate skeptic..

Talking Climate

Talking Climate

Although contested by many climate deniers, 97% of the world’s climate-related scientific studies have determined that climate change is real and humans are primarily responsible. John Cook first published this finding in 2013, and new findings now show that 99.9% of climate-related scientific studies demonstrate that climate change is real.

What scientists believe and what regular Americans believe, however, continues to differ.

Politics began to play a role early on. In November, 2009, a Washington Post poll revealed that the percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening dipped from 80% to 72%. In that article, reporter  Juliet Eilperin explained, “The increase in climate skepticism is driven largely by a shift within the GOP. Since its peak 3 1/2 years ago, belief that climate change is happening is down sharply among Republicans -- 76 to 54 percent -- and independents -- 86 to 71 percent. It dipped more modestly among Democrats, from 92 to 86 percent. A majority of respondents still support legislation to cap emissions and trade pollution allowances, by 53 to 42 percent.” By February 2022, with polling still at 72%, Yale published a detailed and highly interactive Climate Opinion Map detailing how climate change beliefs vary across the country. Another poll, in May 2022, reported that only 40% of registered voters consider climate change to be “a very important issue “ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Of those, “6 in 10 registered Democrats say the climate crisis will be a very important factor when they decide who to vote for in November. By contrast, global warming is near or at the bottom of congressional voting priorities among Republicans,” says the study.

Unfortunately, billions of dollars have been poured into misinformation campaigns to inhibit climate change progress and America remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels with record profits being posted in the summer of 2022 by Exxon and other major fossil fuel corporations.  The prominence of denialism in our national conversation about climate change is a product of these campaigns and continues to stall progress. CCR has created a page focused on GREENWASHING.

What is the first thing we need to do to address climate change? Simple: we need to understand it, accept the science, and act. This section provides news and resources to help you understand, accept, and communicate with people who are still skeptical about the reality of climate change. You might want to start with a 2019 video from Climate Crocks.

Accurate information is the foundation of a functioning democracy. A website called Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. It is highly recommended if you find yourself unclear about something you have read in this time of so much misinformation.

There is also:
•  an awesome history answering the questions of “What did we know and when did we know it?” found at NASA.
•  a good quiz from the Washington Post.
•  a game developed by scientist John Cook called crankyuncle, using cartoons and critical thinking to fight misinformation used by climate change deniers. (Also available as a Teacher’s Guide)

CURRENT NEWS

Biden Won’t Let Unfair Trade Undercut US Clean Energy, Podesta Says

By Jennifer A Dlouhy 04/17/24
The US is committed to safeguarding its investments in domestic clean energy manufacturing, even as China builds excess production capacity, White House climate adviser John Podesta said Tuesday.
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Al Gore’s policy checklist for reaching net zero

By Leah Garden & Elsa Wenzel 04/16/24
Companies have the power to reach "true net zero" by midcentury, according to former vice president Al Gore, if they "stop using the sky as an open sewer. We've got to get to true net…
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Gore criticizes carbon capture

By Marie J. French And Ry Rivard 04/15/24
Former Vice President Al Gore is deeply skeptical of technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. “It’s a fraud,” Gore said during a Saturday speech in New York City to his network of climate…
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Dimon Calls Push to Stop All Oil and Gas Enormously Naïve

By Ruth Liao 04/08/24
Jamie Dimon said US delays of liquefied natural gas projects were done for political reasons to pacify those who believe oil and gas projects should simply be stopped — a position he calls “wrong” and…
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Clean energy in Texas, wildfire and flood in Canada and Russia, and how to engage your elected officials

04/04/24
I didn’t anticipate how incredibly awe-inspiring a total eclipse would be, when the last fraction of the moon slipped over the sun and all you could see was the corona. It reminded me how powerfully…
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Rebutting 33 False Claims About Solar, Wind, and Electric Vehicles

By Jacob Elkin and Matthew Eisenson 04/03/24
Achieving the United States’ ambitious emissions reduction goals depends in large part on the rapid adoption of wind and solar energy and the electrification of consumer vehicles. However, misinformation and coordinated disinformation about renewable energy…
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Big Oil clouded the science on extreme weather. Now it faces a reckoning

By Emily Sanders 04/02/24
When Bucks County, Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit last week against major oil and gas companies for climate damages, Commissioner Chair Diane Ellis-Marseglia pointed to “unprecedented weather events here in Bucks County that have repeatedly put…
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The Oil and Gas Industry Wants ‘Energy Transition’ to Mean More Fossil Fuels

By Justin Worland 03/22/24
When I first started attending CERAWeek by S&P Global, perhaps the world’s most influential energy conference, many attendees treated the phrase “energy transition” almost as a dirty word or the butt of a joke. This…
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Biden’s Climate Agenda Is Actually Popular

By Robinson Meyer 03/14/24
s President Joe Biden prepares to run for re-election, one fact has eluded much notice: His climate change policies are pretty popular. In an exclusive Heatmap poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Benenson Strategy Group…
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Biden’s climate chief says clean energy spending is winning over Americans

By Josh Siegel 03/07/24
Climate activists accuse President Joe Biden of doing too little to move the U.S. away from fossil fuels. Polls show that many voters don’t know about Biden’s biggest green initiatives. But the president’s top climate…
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The most epic (and literal) gaslighting of all time

By Bill MCKibben 03/05/24
I’m listening to John Coltrane through my headphones as I type, in an effort to stay calm enough that I don’t just start sputtering. You might want to do likewise as you read.
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The first museum in the U.S. dedicated to the climate crisis.

02/27/24
Contending with the climate crisis at scale requires a transformation of our public culture. The Climate Museum mobilizes the power of arts and cultural programming to accelerate this crucial shift toward climate dialogue and action,…
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KEY RESOURCES

Causes of climate change

04/22/24
Burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature.

Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2023

01/23/24
Estimated % of adults who think global warming is happening (nat'l avg. 72%), 2023

How to talk about climate with family

01/04/24
Here are a few tips for making small talk on a big issue.

Climate communication: 10 research-backed tips

09/25/23
Emphasize near-term health benefits of climate-change mitigation measures. For example: Everyone will breathe cleaner, healthier air as we transition away from fossil fuels.

The 97% consensus on global warming

05/18/23
What is consensus? In science, it's when the vast majority of specialists agree about a basic, well-established principle. Thus, astronomers agree that the Earth orbits around the Sun. Biologists accept that tadpoles hatch out from…

An A to Z Of Fossil Fuel Industry Deception

05/10/23
This year has brought new evidence of what major fossil fuel companies knew and when about the role their products play in climate change, as well as what they did in spite of what they…

F o s s i l Fuel Finance Report 2022

04/03/23
n a year that saw unprecedented attention to banks’ role in driving climate change, one of the most important developments flew largely under the radar: La Banque Postale — a major French bank with $901.7…

AR6 Synthesis Report Climate Change 2023

03/20/23
This Synthesis Report (SYR) of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) summarises the state of knowledge of climate change, its widespread impacts and risks, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, based on the peer-reviewed scientific,…

2022 Special Report: Trust and Climate Change

11/02/22
As climate fears worsen and government, business, and media are not trusted to do what is necessary to respond, our research shows there is a path forward to earn support and engagement with climate action.…

Climate Change 2021The Physical Science Basis Summary for Policymakers

08/02/22
This Summary for Policymakers (SPM) presents key findings of the Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)1

THE FUTURE OF CREATIVITY IS CLEAN.

02/21/22
The biggest part of any creative company’s carbon footprint is the work you do for your clients. One campaign for a fossil fuel client can undo all of an agency’s sustainability gains.

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof

11/06/21
The science of climate change is more solid and widely agreed upon than you might think. But the scope of the topic, as well as rampant disinformation, can make it hard to separate fact from…

From Carbon Capture To Carbon Tax, A Guide To Climate Change Jargon Ahead Of COP26

10/27/21
With the UN climate conference COP26 on the horizon, headlines, taglines, and political speeches are about to be filled with acronyms and jargon.

Fossil Fuels Are Driving the Climate Crisis

08/09/21
Fossil Free Media strengthens the movement to end fossil fuels through creative communications. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can support your work.

Disinformation Techniques: A Glossary

06/01/21
From war to cigarettes, guns to GMOs to global warming, there are really only a handful of techniques that have been deployed over the past 125 years or so to shape and control public opinion,…

OED and The Climate Connection: taking the temperature

05/27/21
The Climate Connection (#TheClimateConnection) is a new podcast series from the British Council which explores the relationship between the climate crisis and language education. In partnership with Oxford University Press, and featuring a selection of…

Understanding and countering misinformation about climate change

04/09/21
While there is overwhelming scientific agreement on climate change, the public have become polarized over fundamental questions such as human-caused global warming. Communication strategies to reduce polarization rarely address the underlying cause: ideologically-driven misinformation disseminated…

Debunking Handbook 2020

04/08/21
The Debunking Handbook 2020 summarises the current state of the science of misinformation and its debunking. It was written by a team of 22 prominent scholars of misinformation and its debunking, and it represents the…

Climate Insights 2020: Synthesis Report

03/21/21
The synthesis report of the Climate Insights 2020 survey, a joint effort to examine American attitudes on climate change by researchers at Stanford University, Resources for the Future, and ReconMR, provides insight into what Americans…

Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

02/10/21
The graph, updated daily, shows as individual points daily and hourly mean CO2 for the last 31 days. Daily average CO2 values are computed from selected hourly values that satisfy 'background' conditions, i.e. stability and…

Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977–2014)

10/01/20
This paper assesses whether ExxonMobil Corporation has in the past misled the general public about climate change.

Climate Change History

09/09/20
Climate change is the long-term alteration in Earth’s climate and weather patterns. It took nearly a century of research and data to convince the vast majority of the scientific community that human activity could alter…

Climate Feedback

04/20/20
Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. Our goal is to help readers know which news to trust.

Katharine Hayhoe Encourages Conversations to Build a Climate of Hope

12/20/19
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe advises those feeling hopeless about climate change to think about who you are and what you value. Whether you are a parent, a churchgoer, a Rotary Club member or a birder,…

Talking climate handbook – how to have a climate change conversation

12/08/19
Having conversations about climate change in our daily lives plays a huge role in creating social change. We take our cues about what’s important from what we hear our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours talking…

Climate Central

11/19/19
Extreme Weather Videos

Course: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

05/17/19
Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial with this free online course.

Get The Facts Out on climate change and tell deniers to #GTFO

06/19/19
Climate deniers are still finding new and creative ways to stick their heads in the sand and follow the fossil fuel industry’s playbook by insisting that climate change isn’t happening, or that humans aren’t to…

Climate Disinformation Database

06/19/19
Welcome to the DeSmog Climate Disinformation Research Database where you can search and browse our extensive research on the individuals and organizations that have helped to delay and distract the public and our elected leaders…

The Psychology of Climate Change Communication

06/19/19
A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public

Let’s Talk Climate: A How-To Guide

05/20/19
You know that the science on climate change is clear. But less than half of us talk about it with family and friends—and we can’t fix what we don’t talk about. Check out our how-to…

How to Understand and Talk About Climate Change – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

10/22/18
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently produced a report showing that the world needs to cut carbon pollution far more quickly than current rates to avoid severe consequences. But how can the global community…

Climate change science comeback strategies

07/26/18
Steering conversations with people adamantly resistant to accepting climate science. Here are four strategies, each from a distinctly different point of view, each penned by an expert, each useful in either a face-to-face conversation or…

How Big Oil Lost Control of Its Climate Misinformation Campaign

12/22/17
A campaign of climate misinformation has been running into America for decades now, largely funded by the fossil fuel industry. Now, the campaign has only become more extreme, and as some of its earliest leaders…

15 ways to powerfully communicate climate change solutions politics

05/05/15
Should campaigners be publishing in more local languages, or pushing for climate change to be taught at school? Our panel share their suggestions for the best ways to promote positive action.

12 tools for communicating climate change more effectively

07/06/15
12 Tools for Communicating Climate Change" from will help you take your first step to advance your communication skills.

How to Talk to a Science Denier Without Arguing

12/17/17
Scientific American also has a very helpful guide to engaging climate skeptics in productive discussion. They even came up with an acronym for the steps you should take: EGRIP.

Global Warming’s 6 Americas

11/01/16
This project from Yale Program on Climate Change Communication debunks a myth held pretty unanimously throughout the US: that people are either climate change believers or deniers. In fact, Americans can be grouped according to…

Global Warming and Climate Change Myths

06/24/16
A highlight of John Cook’s fabulous blog, Skeptical Science, this page lists out the most common myths that have been disseminated about climate change and global warming, along with the appropriate, science-based responses.

DeSmog Blog

07/26/18
DeSmog Blog has a disinformation database that tracks individuals and organizations spreading climate skepticism and tracks their funding sources and actions. They also provide reporting on new trends in misinformation efforts.

Skeptical Science

07/26/18
Skeptical Science provides informed responses to climate deniers’ myths. This is the best place to start improving your climate communication skills.

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

07/26/18
Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication conducts and publishes research on effective approaches to communicating about climate change. They can answer important questions like: What kind of people listen to what kind of information? How…

Fossil Fueled Foolery: An Illustrated Primer on the Top 10 Manipulation Tactics of the Fossil Fuel Industry

04/01/19
The NAACP’s mission is to uphold and defend civil and human rights. Accordingly, we are duty-bound to confront corporations wielding power to manipulate systems and oppress communities to the detriment of the sustainability of the…

MORE NEWS

Global Warming Concerns Rise Among Americans in New Poll

By John Schwartz   01/22/19  
The most recent poll suggests that 72% of Americans feel that global warming is personally important.
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TV meteorologists can make more people take climate change seriously

By Jeff Berardelli   01/22/19  
Talking about climate change: 17 broadcast meteorologists share views and lessons learned.
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3 (and a half) Reasons for Climate Optimism

By Marcus Arcanjo   01/08/19  
Why it might not be all bad.
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Americans ‘under siege’ from climate disinformation – former Nasa chief scientist

By Hannah Devlin   06/08/18  
Fake news spread by those with a profit motive is leaving many people oblivious to the threat of climate change, says former head of US space agency.
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Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So now what?

By David Roberts   11/10/17  
When it comes to climate change, US conservatives inhabit a unique position, as part of the only major political party in the democratic world to reject the legitimacy of climate science and any domestic policy…
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15 ways to powerfully communicate climate change solutions politics, communities, education,climate talk, science

By Katherine Purvis   05/05/15  
Should campaigners be publishing in more local languages, or pushing for climate change to be taught at school? Our panel share their suggestions for the best ways to promote positive action.
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Clean energy facts belie misconceptions and offer optimism

By Karin Kirk   03/18/19  
Recent public opinion data from the Yale Program on Climate Communication, publisher of this site, spells out what many have already noticed. More and more Americans accept the science of climate change, are worried about…
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Revealed: How the Tobacco and Fossil Fuel Industries Fund Disinformation Campaigns Around the World

By Mat Hope   02/20/19  
Fossil fuel companies have a long history of adopting public relations strategies straight from the tobacco industry’s playbook. But a new analysis shows the two industries’ relationship goes much deeper — right down to funding…
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2008 Commencement Address by Barbara Kingsolver

By Barbara Kingsolver   05/11/18  
The following remarks by Barbara Kingsolver, titled "How to be Hopeful," were prepared for delivery at Duke's 2008 commencement ceremony May 11 at Wallace Wade Stadium.
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There Must Be More Productive Ways To Talk About Climate Change: NPR

Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe   05/09/17  
Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who stresses how unproductive it is to label someone a "climate denier."
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Mailings to Teachers Highlight a Political Fight Over Climate Change in the Classroom

Creator: Katie Worth   03/23/18  
A rare back-and-forth of direct mailings to teachers demonstrates how classrooms have emerged as a battleground in the American political war over climate change.
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Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing ‘miserably’ to address climate change

By James Hansen   06/19/18  
James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action.
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One of America’s top climate scientists is an evangelical Christian. She’s on a mission to persuade skeptics.

By Dan Zak   07/15/19  
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth, and the Earth was shapeless and barren, so God added light and water and land and sky and plants and animals and humans. If you…
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Yes, it’s worth arguing with science deniers — and here are some techniques you can use

By Laura Hazard Owen   06/28/19  
Countering science denialism: arguing with the anti-vaxxers/flat earthers/climate change deniers may feel futile, but research just published in Nature Human Behaviour suggests that it’s actually worth it and can be effective.
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Climate Change Is Scaring Kids. Here’s How to Talk to Them.

By Laura M. Holson   06/27/19  
Psychologists say the way parents and teachers talk about climate change with children has an effect on their young psyches.
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4 ways to talk to people about plastic, without sounding like a jerk

By Lindsay Bird   05/25/19  
A little environmental etiquette goes a long way.
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Fox News apologises to Greta Thunberg for pundit’s ‘disgraceful’ remark

By Adam Gabbatt   09/24/19  
Fox News has apologized after a guest criticized the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child”.
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Carbon dioxide soars to record-breaking levels not seen in 800,000 years

By Yasemin Saplakoglu | LiveScience   05/15/19  
There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been for 800,000 years — since before our species evolved.
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Climate-Trolling Beto, Cruz remains Ever-Clueless

By Peter Sinclair   09/06/19  
If you haven’t seen the 2016 vid above, worth your 8 minutes. At least, the right wing net-rag Breitbart thought it was worth their time to publish a panicked non-responsive response immediately after I posted it.
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William Happer: Trump aide pushing climate denial inside the White House

By Emily Holden   06/21/19  
The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council – and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong
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White House tells agencies they no longer have to weigh a project’s long-term climate impacts

By Juliet Eilperin   06/21/19  
The White House proposed Friday that federal agencies no longer have to take a project’s long-term climate impacts into account when assessing how they will affect the environment, reversing a major Obama administration policy.
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Will climate change kill everyone — or just lots and lots of people?

By Kelsey Piper   06/13/19  
The debate over whether climate change will end life on Earth, explained.
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The White House Plan to Change Climate Science

By Michael Barbaro   05/29/19  
After two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, President Trump and his appointees are going after influential government reports.
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The Trump administration takes climate denial to new heights

By Paul Waldman   05/28/19  
Fifty or 100 years from now, we may well say that President Trump’s concerted effort to exacerbate climate change — and that’s precisely what it is — was the single worst thing he did in…
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Trump Wants To Set Up ‘Ad Hoc’ Panel To Fight Conclusions About Climate Change: Report

By Nick Visser   02/25/19  
The group of scientists would be tasked with countering a sweeping federal report released last November that warned of a dire future.
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Red Tides of a Different Sort— Although Just as Polluting

By Joel Stronberg   01/24/19  
A second university poll conducted by climate communications programs at Yale and George Mason found the same pattern occurring and for much the same reasons. A key takeaway was a 15 percent rise in the…
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The White House Talking Points About the National Climate Assessment Are Demonstrably False

By Brian Kahn   11/27/18  
The White House tried to hide the National Climate Assessment by releasing it on Black Friday. That plan failed. Stories continue to surface and reporters continue to ask questions about the report’s stark findings.
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Will We Survive Climate Change?

By John Schwartz   11/19/18  
Reports of the threats from a warming planet have been coming fast and furiously. The latest: a startling analysis from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicting terrible food shortages, wildfires and a massive die-off…
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The media must cover the planet’s destruction like it’s the only story that matters

By Margaret Sullivan   10/12/18  
One critical issue key to mitigation and adaptation that is not discussed enough is how the financial sector manages assets to ensure the most vulnerable do not become even more helpless due to the physical…
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