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Houston, We Have a Problem

The rain is only just beginning to let up in Houston, but the nightmare will continue to unfold over the next days, weeks, and months. The photos and video of human suffering are hard to fathom. Hospitals overrun, nursing homes with residents in chest-deep water, highways turned to rivers, homes and businesses with ceiling-high water, […]

Learning from the Genius of Youth: Reflections on 11 Years at Climate Generation

I first met Will Steger in 2006 over a cup of coffee in South Minneapolis. I had just finished up a five year stint working as a winter instructor at Voyageur Outward Bound in Ely, Minnesota, where we learned all about the historic expeditions that Will led to the North and South Poles, along with […]

It is the road of many expeditions that require each of us to be at our very best

This evening is truly a special one for me. Thanks to the Governor for his leadership and personal, loyal friendship. I also want to thank him for his climate and clean energy leadership. We have the start of a billion dollar clean energy economy, thanks to the solar energy standard he passed that has helped […]

The Northern Run: From Norway via Minnesota to Paris

It has been 3.5 months since I started my run from Tromsø, Norway. The run, named the Northern Run, is part of the climate awareness campaign Pole to Paris, which I started along with my friend Daniel Price. With only a few days left until the planned arrival in Paris for COP21, a look back […]

Polar Vortex Explained

Scientists say the deep freeze gripping the U.S. this winter does not indicate a halt in climate change trends, but is actually an example of climate change in action. The weather pattern driving the extreme cold into the U.S. — with a weaker polar vortex moving around the Arctic like a slowing spinning top, eventually falling […]

Shape Our Energy Future

October 2nd marked the ceremonial signing of Minnesota’s Clean Energy and Jobs bill, also known as the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development bill (HF729 / SF 1057). Will and I were honored to join Governor Dayton and chief authors Senator John Marty, Representative Melissa Hortman, and members of the Clean Energy and Jobs coalition for […]

Arctic ice loses its reflective sheen

Arctic ice is losing its reflective sheen. It’s common knowledge that each summer, more and more of the ice melts leaving the dark waters of the ocean uncovered, which accelerates climate change by reducing the amount of solar radiation reflected back into space. Now it turns out that the surviving sea ice is also becoming […]

New Year, New Energy

Letter from the Executive Director 2012 was a year for the record books.  It was the hottest year on record in the U.S, the Arctic sea ice shrunk to a record low, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are now losing three times as much ice each year as they did in the 1990s, and global […]

The Power of Partnership

Letter from the Executive Director Carbon dioxide levels in the Arctic have now reached 400 ppm and climate scientists consider 350 ppm to be the safe level to avoid catastrophic changes. What does this mean? It means a number of important things – but what stands out is that the amount of CO2  in the […]