McKnight Foundation Sees MN Leading Fight Against Climate Change

“We really see a unique opportunity for Midwest leadership on this issue,” (Aimee Witteman, program director of Midwest Climate & Energy) said. “People talk a lot about technological innovation on the coast. But we think we are uniquely positioned to identify opportunities for Midwest leadership on climate change.”

In fact, Minnesota remains a leader on many fronts, she said. Businesses involved in clean energy employ more than 57,000 people in Minnesota, with jobs in the solar industry growing last year by 44 percent.” ~Finance & Commerce, April 3rd

MN Cities Prepare for Climate Change

“With global temperatures rising and federal action evaporating, Minnesota cities are taking it upon themselves to cut emissions and prepare for a climate they weren’t built for. . .

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of rainfall in Minnesota, bringing with it a greater risk of flash flooding that threatens cities whose current infrastructure has never weathered a 100- or 500-year flood. Since 2000, the state has had eight “mega-rain events,” when at least six inches of rain fell in an area greater than 1,000 square miles, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. There were only three in the 30 years between 1970 and 1999. The eight since 2000 included the largest, earliest and latest mega-rain events on record — in keeping with the longer, more severe rainy season climate scientists expect to become the new normal.” ~City Pages, March 12th