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Ideas for state and local leaders to tackle climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/12/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

A new UN report out this week contained no equivocation about the “dire” and “accelerated” affects of climate change. Immediately, the pundits went to work on analyzing what will happen if we don’t respond. The report also put a fine point on the “politicization” of climate change as the biggest obstacle for a response. To place the report in context, it...

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Trees in an age of climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/19/18 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership (LEAP), a local coalition of parks and natural areas, is coming to terms with how the region’s forests will look in a significantly warmer climate. Cleveland is likely to experience hotter, drier summers and warmer, shorter winters this century, a regime change that is expected to push trees that thrive in our current moderate, wet...

<br />Glacial kettle lakes like this one in Punderson State Park in Geauga County could lose much of its dramatic landscape with climate change.

Where Cleveland is most vulnerable to climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/17/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

How Cleveland will be impacted by climate change is the focus of a study being produced by the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP). Principal investigator, Dr. Nick Rajkovich, was hired to study how climate change will mix with urban areas. A native Clevelander and associate professor in the Department of Architecture at University of...

<br />Most vulnerable to heat areas in Cleveland. From the Climate Hazard and Social Vulnerability Assessment of 2018. Credit: University of Buffalo.

Cleveland is a divided city

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/13/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland can have its gentrification — its $200,000 condos near modest housing in Tremont or Ohio City, says urban guru Alan Mallach. Where it needs to be more concerned for its future is in many parts of the city where poverty and lack of opportunity have reached crisis proportions.

<br />An abandoned home in Cleveland<br />Alan Mallach produced this slide on the disparity between jobs added in Cleveland and non resident commuters who have taken them. Years 2000 - 2016.

How much plastic is in Lake Erie and who's to blame

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/17/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Clean water, Water

Plastic is no longer something we throw away, Dr. Sherri Mason, co-principal investigator on a landmark study that found micro plastics, pieces small enough to not see with the naked eye, in significant quantities in Lake Erie, told a Cleveland City Club audience this week.

<br />Lake Erie
Image: David Beach

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