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What's next for the planet? Climate leaders gather in Oberlin to find an answer

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/07/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

It had already been quite a week for those concerned about the future of the planet. As Haiti reeled and Florida braced for a monstrous hurricane fueled by warmer than ever ocean water, simultaneously, the European Union joined the U.S., China and 55 nations to ratify the Paris Climate Accord. But not before climate scientists were issuing warnings this week that...

What's next?<br />Next System Project presented their idea of how to power a resilient, but fair, economy without fossil fuels in Oberlin.

Cleveland awarded $600K to tackle climate vulnerability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/14/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“I have to be careful going up hills, because if I stop, the whole thing will tip over,” Nick Rajkovich explains the physics of navigating 40 pounds of air temperature monitors, a camera and a complex steel frame lashed to his black, Surly cargo bike.

<br />Nick Rajkovich on his weather bike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.<br />Dr. Nicholas Rajkovich, a Brecksville native, built this bike to measure urban heat island effect in Cuyahoga County.<br />Who are the most vulnerable to climate related illness in Cuyahoga County. Dark blue is the most vulnerable based on six social and environmental factors. Data maps from Nicholas Rajkovich.<br />Data maps from Nicholas Rajkovich shows where the highest poverty and paved surfaces from his study of heat island effect in Cuyahoga County. Darker equals a higher concentration of both.

The rational business decision to destabilize the Earth's climate

David Beach  |  04/24/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

If we are to have any hope of stabilizing the Earth’s climate so our children will have a tolerable future, most fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground unburned. Fossil fuel companies, however, have other plans.

Stranded assets?<br />What will happen if most of the oil, gas, and coal has to remain in the ground? (Photo from 350.org)

Sandra Steingraber's call to de-normalize fossil fuels

David Beach  |  04/22/15 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

After helping to win a ban on fracking for natural gas in New York state, activist and writer Sandra Steingraber wants to “de-normalize” our dependence on fossil fuels

Fracking drill site in Carroll County, Ohio<br />What is normal in Ohio has been banned in New York.

Geographies of belief: Mapping what Ohioans say about global warming

David Beach  |  04/08/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

Most Ohioans believe that global warming is happening, and they support programs to develop renewable energy sources and regulate carbon emissions. But they are less sure that global warming is caused by human activities or that it’s something to worry about in the near future.

Climate of opinion in Ohio counties<br />Screenshot of the interactive Yale Climate Opinion Map (environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/), showing a range of opinions on global warming in Ohio counties.

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