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This Map Will Make You Optimistic About Fighting Climate Change

A searchable map shows estimated job and public health opportunities that come with transitioning away from fossil fuels.

A screenshot of the Climate Opportunity Map.

A screenshot of the Climate Opportunity Map.

Source: Brown University, Climate Solutions Lab. Estimates based on data from the 100% Wind, Water, and Solar project (Jacobson et al. 2022) and the Global Development Potential Indices project (Oakleaf et al. 2020)

There’s no denying that a lot of the news about the climate crisis is bad. While the threat of water shortages looms in parts of South Africa, a brutal heat wave in China has turned deadly and Europe is suffering through its own blistering heat wave. For a lot of people, this is stressful. According to a 2019 survey by the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of participants reported suffering from climate anxiety.

But Alexander Gard-Murray derives some optimism from the fact that so many people are worrying about the crisis. A postdoctoral research associate at Brown University’s Climate Solutions Lab, he says all the added angst actually means "a lot more people are really aware and really working hard on this.”