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Five for Friday: Definitely go chasing waterfalls

April 21, 2017

Tomorrow is Earth Day and boy oh boy is it a year to think about the Earth. Just this week we celebrated Water Action Day in Minnesota, bit our nails over potentially devastating cuts to the EPA, read the discussion about the US walking away from the historic Paris Agreement (which is making for interesting bedfellows), and wondered what was coming next for the fate of our fair planet. This week, it's all about climate.

  1. From the Star Tribune - As a follow up to last week's blog post, Water Action Day was a great success in demonstrating the concerns many of us share about protecting our water. It's Minnesota's pride and joy and it needs protecting now more than ever. If you need something to do to get you to happy hour today, call your state senator and representative and let them know you care about your water. At right is a picture from the Capitol rotunda as the rally was getting underway.
     

  2. From Bloomberg - Here's a quandary--what will ruin Florida homeowners' property values first, rising sea levels or the fear of them? Another quandary--what happens if you vote for the guy who says, 'Nah, it's not worth worrying about' and then you can't get your boat from the private dock of your $1M home into the canal? Apparently Floridians might find out the answers to both hypotheticals as concerned homeowners are considering getting out while the getting's good (i.e. before values start to fall due to fear, lenders stop underwriting mortgages, and demand [conversely] dries up).
     

  3. From Scientific American - You know what I really loathe? When the weather gets nice for a day and everyone cracks the same joke that maybe climate change isn't all bad after all. [Eye roll emoji] This article hones in on Bangladesh and shows just how fast climate change is sinking its hooks into the country. Not only is there massive flooding, contaminated groundwater, and coastline erosion (to name just a few problems), but many habitants have started to migrate to safer areas (they're called "climate refugees" which is a term you'll start to hear more and more of to be sure). This article is pretty chilling when you start to peel back the many layers and effects climate has on humans.
     

  4. From Harvard Business Review - In a controversially titled article, HBR says there's a lack of leaders on the topic of climate and businesses should fill the void. While I'm not sure we should be putting all our eggs in the for-profit-for-the-shareholders basket, it's definitely accurate that business pulls a major lever in the US. Walmart, for example, is upping the stakes significantly with its suppliers and we need many, many more businesses following its example.
     

  5. From The Verge - So by now you're probably a little depressed. I get it; I am too. You know what would not cheer you up AT.ALL but maybe make you feel like you understand the underlying causes of climate change better so that you can discuss the challenge more thoughtfully? This coloring book. 

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