Minnesota Sea Grant

Duluth Snow
Sharon Mollerus

The climate in Minnesota is changing.

What will this mean for North Shore visitors on the hunt for recreational activities?

MN Sea Grant

©Lisa Johnson

"Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,"  according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a new assessment that came out, ironically, four days before yet another October storm on Lake Superior decimated the Lakewalk in Duluth.

The front edge of a ship that says American Century preparing to go under a bridge
Christine Dean

The Duluth-Superior port is often referred to as the "Great Lakes Bulk Cargo Capital." On this edition of the Sea Grant Files, we learn more about the Great Lakes shipping industry in our region and the ships and cargos that flow through our ports.

This program originally aired on 1/19/16

Photo courtesy of Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Are there environmental concerns about Minnesota's wild rice sustainability? The Sea Grant Files host Jesse Scomberg shares environmental research  and Native American history of the aquatic grass seed, otherwise known as wild rice.  Listen for more about the scientific research around sulfide and wild rice in Minnesota.

MN Sea Grant Wild Rice resources

www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

Jesse Schomberg says calling Superior a "lake" lulls people into a false sense of security.

Actually, it's oceanic in a lot of ways, expecially when it comes to waves and rip currents.

Karen Holland/US Environmental Protection Agency

Tom Beery is an enthusiastic guy to begin with, but kicking off a two-day workshop on adaptation planning for coastal communities - on Duluth's Climate Adaptation Day, no less - you get the feeling that he just can't wait to get started.

"We don't have to argue the specifics of climate change," he says.  "We're experiencing change, and we can look at it from a readiness perspective."

Sharon Moen/Minnesota Sea Grant

How can you have a conversation about improving water quality in Minnesota if you don't take Lake Superior into account?

Minnesota Sea Grant decided you can't.  So when Governor Mark Dayton launched his series of "25 by 25" Water Quality Initiative town hall meetings and the northeastern Minnesota session was scheduled in Ely, they decided to assemble a panel of experts and launch an online town hall.

Great Lakes Now

When US and Canadian governments and industry, academic and nongovernmental stakeholders gathered earlier this summer for the Great Lakes Crude Move Oil Transportation Symposium, they didn't shy away from any of the hard questions.