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Winter Webinar: Climate threats to outdoor recreation

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Tuesday, March 19
12-1:30pm

Many popular winter recreational activities this year have been forced to cancel or change course due to unprecedented warm temperatures and lack of snow. In January, temperatures dipped enough for Lake Nokomis to freeze just days before the opening weekend of the US Pond Hockey Championship, but above average temperatures led organizers to cancel the second weekend of the event. And last fall, organizers of the Twin Cities Marathon also made the difficult decision to call off the race as temperatures rose high enough to threaten runners’ health. Join us for a conversation with leaders in outdoor recreation across our region — including organizers of Wisconsin’s Birkie ski race — about how these events can plan for and adapt to climate change, and how we can embrace equitable action in climate adaptation. 

This webinar is co-hosted with the University of Minnesota Tourism Center.


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Join Us on November 16 for Give to the Max

Support future climate adaptation leaders

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Addressing the climate crisis will take skilled leadership and vision. That’s why we’re investing in training and hiring students to develop the next generation of climate adaptation professionals. But to make this program successful, we need your support. With your donation of $25 or more by November 16, we can build a strong foundation for our student programs next year. Visit z.umn.edu/GiveMCAP to make a gift.


Midwest Climate Resilience Conference

2023 Midwest Climate Resilience Conference

Inspiring and encouraging climate adaptation in communities throughout the Midwest

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October 25 - 27, 2023 | Duluth, MN

In collaboration with a wide range of partners and supporters, the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) will host the first Midwest Climate Resilience Conference, October 25 - 27, 2023 in Duluth, MN. The call for session and presentation proposals is now open. 



 

MCAP News

Forbes: Climate Risk Is Real And Calculable, But Numbers Don’t Protect Homes

February 16, 2024

Forbes featured our study with the design firm HGA characterizing the climate projection data needs of Architecture and Engineering (A&E) professionals in the United States: "Many financially secure homeowners are willing to take on some risk for a great location, but subsequently need to plan for it by working with an architect or builder who uses design tactics to meet that risk tolerance."


COLDEX Featured on CBS News

January 5, 2024

CBS News aired the first in a series of reports on our COLDEX project at the end of December. The report features footage from Antarctica, where our team members and collaborators from other universities are searching for the oldest ice on the planet to understand the evolution and future of Earth’s climate system. We’ve been working with CBS News throughout 2023 on this project, and are so grateful to see the stories being released. Stay tuned for more in 2024. 


Yale Climate Connections: Stories Recorded at MCRC

January 5, 2024

Climate Connections—a daily podcast and radio show heard on over 700 stations nationwide—recently began airing a series of conversations recorded at our Midwest Climate Resilience Conference in Duluth this fall. The interviews are on heat pumpsrain barrels and building engineering standards—areas where Minnesotans are leading the charge in implementing climate adaptation and resilience strategies. Climate Connections also featured a conversation with MCAP Director Heidi Roop about her book, The Climate Action Handbook.


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