Several months after flooding in northeastern Minnesota led to $100 million in damages last June, a new Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.
Minnesota and surrounding states are experiencing more severe heat waves, threats to the agricultural sector and more extreme rainfall events and flooding due in part to global warming, according to the new draft National Climate Assessment report released on Friday, January 11. The draft report incorporates input from more than 240 experts from around the country, and from federal agencies including the Department of Energy and NASA.
Environment Minnesota is holding its next Green Ideas & Ham monthly breakfast forum on Tuesday Nov. 20 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. This month’s topic is the massive dead zone 16,000 kilometers large that forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Mississippi River meets the coast in Louisiana. The pollution that causes this dead zone starts right here in Minnesota.
Environment Minnesota will hold a press conference on Tuesday July 31st to release a new report documenting the increase in the frequency of extreme rainstorms over the past 65 years in Minnesota. Recent extreme rainstorms, such as the storm that hit Duluth in June of 2012 and which caused $100 million in damages, are highlighted as part of a larger trend of bigger storms occurring more often—a trend that scientists have linked to global warming.
As we continue to set record-high temperatures nearly every day this week in Minnesota, a new Environment Minnesota report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.