A Changing Minnesota

“weather.com looked at six factors ranging from extreme precipitation to sea-level rise to determine which places across our country will get hit the hardest… Minneapolis could get pummeled from a lot of different angles, making it number 2 on our list.”

“The weather.com Climate Disruption Index: 25 U.S. Cities Most Affected by Climate Change”, written and designed by Michele Berger, The Weather Channel, 2015

“…Obama praised commitments that have sometimes been a tough choice, saying businesses have increasingly realized ‘that considerations of climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energies are not only not contradictory to their bottom lines, but for these companies, they’re discovering that they can enhance their bottom lines.'”

General Mills, Best Buy and Target enlist in Obama’s
global warming initiative”, reported by
Jim Spencer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 20, 2015

“Minnesota is warmer than it used to be. Rain falls in bigger downpours. Hay fever sufferers have a longer sneezing season, and the ticks that deliver Lyme disease are expanding their range. Red maple trees are moving north. So are purple finches. Moose numbers have shrunk…Without question, the state’s climate has changed in recent decades. And that’s had an impact on the lives of its wildlife, its plants, its people.”

“Climate Change in Minnesota: 23 signs”, reported by Jaime Chismar, MPR News, February 02, 2015

“The news for moose is not good across the country’s northern tier and in some parts of Canada. A recent and rapid decline of moose populations in many states may be linked to climate change, and to the parasites that benefit from it.”

“Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts”, by Fred Bever, NPR: All Things Considered, November 05, 2013

“Dr. Lee Frelich, the director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology… predicts increased temperatures will shift the range of trees by about 300 miles. Balsam fir, white spruce and paper birch are examples of boreal trees. Temperate species are red maple, sugar maple and oak. ‘Minnesota is right on the edge of these zones so we will be very sensitive to a changing climate because of that’…”

“Scientist says climate change creeping closer to the BWCA”, by Keith Vandervort, Timberjay, July 24, 2015.

“The Minnesota Climate & Health Profile Report provides
a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts and potential
health burden for the state… Air pollution, extreme heat, flooding, drought, and ecosystem threats were identified as hazards most likely to occur from a changing climate that are especially relevant to Minnesotans.”

excerpted from “Executive Summary”, Minnesota Climate and Health Profile Report 2015, Minnesota Department of Health (NOTE: This is a large PDF file).

Our future depends on it.