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This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new national polling on climate change, international climate action, and the cost impacts of climate change and clean energy + new statewide polling in Louisiana about climate change and foreign trade.
Most Louisianans recognize climate change and say it’s important for their elected officials to work on addressing it. Proposals to incentivize U.S. manufacturing over imports from high-polluting countries are overwhelmingly popular. 59% of Louisiana voters say that it’s important for their member of Congress or legislator to work on addressing climate change. 66% support a “border carbon adjustment” that would charge a fee on imported goods from foreign countries based upon the amount of carbon pollution they produce when making those goods. 68% say they would be more likely to support a candidate who favors climate policy that rewards U.S. manufacturers while penalizing high carbon polluting imports.
New Orleans is in the midst of a green infrastructure revolution. In smaller neighborhoods like Hoffman Triangle, residents are leading the way, house by house, block by block. Year-round, New Orleanians deal with a chronic kind of inundation researchers vaguely call “urban flooding.” The goal of “nature-based” (green infrastructure) solutions is to reduce the pressure on pipes and pumps by using landscaping to slow the flow of water. Projects can store water so it soaks into the soil or slowly flows into a storm drain at a rate the system can handle. Plants can also absorb water into their roots, leaching out pollutants in the process. They also come with various added benefits like improved water quality, mosquito control, and increased open space to cool the sweltering Louisiana air. The Urban Conservancy is one organization in particular doing lots of work on nature-based infrastructure in New Orleans.
Americans are worried about "triple threat" of hurricanes, COVID, & climate change. 52% of Black Americans and 49% of Latinos/Latinas say they are more worried about hurricane season this year amidst the pandemic. Half of adults in southeastern coastal states say they are more worried about hurricane season this year and 66% say addressing climate change should be a priority.