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Biodiversity missing from Climate Action Plans

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform, Land

More biodiverse cities would help protect endangered species and human populations from climate change; if only Climate Action Plans (CAP) were calibrated to do so, a new report states.

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Climate researcher shines in Cleveland, perfect place to study the Anthropocene

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

Case assistant professor of biology, Dr. Sarah Diamond, was thrust into the limelight last year when her work on a tiny harbinger of climate change, the acorn ant, was covered in the New York Times article, What Makes a City Ant? Maybe Just 100 Years of Evolution. The George B. Mayer Chair in Urban and Environmental Studies summarized her work...

<br />Dr. Sarah Diamond in her lab at Case Western Reserve University.<br />Dr. Diamond presenting at CMNH the rural to urban temperature gradient in Cleveland.

Cities that think like planets: An urban ecology framework for Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“I suggest that most post-industrial cities are hybrid and unstable,” urban ecologist Marina Alberti states in her book, Cities That Think Like Planets. “We can drive them to ecological collapse.” A professor of urban design and planning and director of the Urban Ecology Research Lab at the University of Washington, Alberti explains how cities avoid such a fate and instead build...

<br /><br />Eco evolutionary dynamics in urbanizing ecosystems, e.g. changes in gene frequencies might translate into phenotypic trait changes. Image: Marina Alberti<br />Examples of urban eco evolution (from top row left to right) Dark-eyed junco, water flea, orb-weaving spider, white-footed mouse, crepis sancta, and earthworms. Image: Marina Alberti.

Here comes the sun, Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/20/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

Much has been made about the energy sector’s convulsive shift of late, with Akron’s FirstEnergy practically begging state and federal authorities to regulate it again and save its bankrupt power generation arm, First Energy Solutions, which went all in on out-of-favor sources (coal and nuclear) when its competitors were sprinting toward cheaper or more socially desirable options (fracking gas and...

<br />The Erksine Family with a solar energy system from an OH Sun co-op purchase on their home in Delaware, Ohio.

The long view: How University Circle flood became an issue of regional concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/18 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Sunday's rains flooded out parts of Cleveland—cars were seen literally floating along Euclid Avenue, that is, if they could reach University Circle at all with multiple road closures causing a Monday morning ruckus. By Tuesday, the area dodged another episode as rain turned to snow. Before the next spring torrent arrives, let’s talk about what extreme weather events like this...

<br />Heavy rains mix with raw sewage in Doan Brook<br />Regime shift in hydrological systems. Image: Marina Alberti.<br />Slow and fast variables. Urban patterns have complex impacts on variables that change slowly in response to long-term processes (e.g. mitigating floods) and that constrain the response of fast variables (e.g. land cover change), generating a shift in the hydrological regime. Image Marina Alberti.

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