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Nature is potent weapon to defeat climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/24/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Plants & animals

The next time you’re in the grocery store and pick up your favorite snack food, turn the box over and look for “palm oil” in the ingredients list. A growing market for palm oil — and animal protein — is responsible for one of the largest contributors to climate change.

Tree topped<br />A 220 year old poplar tree in the University Circle district of Cleveland. This is a Moses Cleveland tree, meaning, it was a sapling when the city was founded.

Too hot to handle: Life (and death) in an age of climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/02/17 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Plants & animals

Scientists wielding thermal imaging tools are taking aim at rainforest depletion and its effect on vulnerable amphibian populations. It’s the pursuit of the Coburn Professor of Environmental Science at John Carroll University, Dr. James Watling, who leads a team of investigators in Columbia’s Magdalena River Valley. In the big picture, human activity has altered 43% of the earth’s terrestrial land,...

<br />Forest converted to agriculture in Columbia. Image: James Watling.

Nature based solutions take root at Sustainable Cleveland summit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

This week, 400 people gathered for the 9th annual Cleveland 2019 Sustainability Summit. The theme this year was “Vibrant Urban Green Space” which inspired conversations around how the city might improve its natural areas and access to healthy green space. Groups formed to discuss, for example, the Cleveland Tree Plan and its initial investment in 50,000 trees in the city...

<br />2017 Cleveland Sustainability Summit. 

Photo credit: City of Cleveland.

A vision for resilience in a post climate change world

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/08/17 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Explore, Transform

“Landscape is not scenery; it is not a political unit…it is never simply a natural space, a feature of the natural environment; it is always artificial, always synthetic, always subject to sudden and unpredictable change…[Landscape] is where the slow, natural processes of growth and maturity and decay are deliberately set aside and history is substituted. A landscape is where we...

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Finding equity when a city reduces its environmental impact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/18/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

City of Cleveland is updating its 2013 Carbon Action Plan this year, convening a group of 50 stakeholders to share ideas on improving the reach and impact of the existing plan whose goal was to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050. (A noteworthy parallel track, Cleveland signed on to the Paris Climate Accord this year, when the U.S. under the...

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