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Northeast Ohio Best Trails and Greenways 2018

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Transportation

This year's entries into Greater Cleveland's Trails and Greenways Conference are inspiring—in imagination, but also, in the highest category, for achieving much sought after equity and improved access to low cost and low carbon forms of active transportation. Full disclosure: I participated with a panel of local transportation experts in selecting the 2018 winners.

<br />Environmental Design Group bike share system is popular (seen here in use in downtown Akron).<br />Bike to Work Day 2018 in Cleveland <br />Students in Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools learning to ride with the bike fleet.<br />Burning River Ramble <br />Black Girls Do Bike Akron Chapter<br />Jim Sheehan, director of Ohio City Bike Coop, leads Cleveland Municipal School 2nd graders in bike education skills course.<br />Morgana Run Trail and art plan<br />Rosewood Avenue pop up street closure in Lakewood.<br />Summit Lake (pop up) Nature Center<br />Open Streets Cleveland<br />Thorn Mountain Bike Club<br />Lake to Lakes Trail extension and trail head<br />Maple Highlands Trail<br />Fort Hill Steps<br />Headlands Nature Preserve Boardwalk<br />Lakefront West Multi-Use path<br />Detroit-Superior Bridge green lane<br />A Bridge That Bridges public art project<br />Lakefront multi-use path in Euclid
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Rock on: Unlocking the mystery of coral bleaching

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/29/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Plants & animals

Stephen Palumbi considers himself an optimist, despite the scary data on ocean health that keeps washing up on his shore.

<br />Stanford University Marine Biology professor Stephen Palumbi during the National Academy of Engineers meeting in Cleveland. The slide reads, Using heat-resistant corals to build future reefs ready for climate change.

A lightning rod on climate change, Michael Mann's resolve has not wavered

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/25/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

Few scientists would be willing to climb back into the cockpit of controversy as often as Michael E. Mann, a climatologist and geophysicist and current Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, whose research on the causes of climate change contributed to the Nobel Prize awarded to the IPCC and Al Gore.

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Cleveland keeps pace with Best Biking Cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/10/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

This month marks the 62nd National Bike Month started by the League of American Bicyclists, the leading advocacy group for better conditions for biking. At the time of its launch in 1956, President Eisenhower was paving the National Highway System, which emptied a lot of city streets of cars, making it an ideal time for biking in the city.

Simply the best<br />Cleveland compared to Pittsburgh and Indianapolis in the People for Bike Best Biking Cities Ranking of 2018Cleveland bikes<br />A Critical Mass ride in downtown ClevelandCleveland Bikeway Implementation Plan from 2014<br />

Biodiversity is a climate resilience strategy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/08/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Plants & animals

Embracing more of an urban ecology mindset would help struggling, post-industrial cities like Cleveland cope with climate change. Urbanization can be a force for good, but currently, the “pattern” in cities is not sustainable. Cities are net producers of carbon emissions, for example, and it is resulting in hotter, drier and more unpredictable weather events like floods and heat waves...

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