Climate Week: The BWCA in a Warming World


A local view on a warming planet

Coinciding with the Glasgow Summit, Friends is looking at how climate change will affect the Boundary Waters and the broader ecosystem of northeastern Minnesota.

During the week of November 7 to November 13, we hosted three conversations with leading experts on the boreal forest, mining, and public health.

They offer unique perspectives on how climate change will impact the wilderness, and the people connected with the land. Recordings of the presentations are available below.

The Impact of Climate Change on Twin Metals and PolyMet

With Dr. Steve Emerman

Tuesday, November 9 at 12:00 noon, central time

Join international expert on hydrology and geophysics, Dr. Steve Emerman, for a close look at how the two proposed copper-sulfide mines — PolyMet and Twin Metals — will exacerbate the climate crisis.

In addition to having studied Twin Metals’ mine plan of operation in depth, Dr. Emerman has conducted in-depth research into the carbon cost of copper-sulfide mining.

He discusses his research into how these mines will drastically increase Minnesota’s carbon footprint.

Climate Change and Public Health

Dr. Bill Rom, Professor Emeritus, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Wednesday, November 10 at 12:00 noon, central time

Climate change isn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a public health issue.

Human health and the health of the natural world are intricately linked together. Understanding these connections is increasingly important. 

Dr. Bill Rom, originally from Ely, Minnesota and now a research scientist at New York University’s School of Public Health, discusses impacts that extreme weather, wildfires, and other climate-related disasters have on human health.

Climate Change and the Future of the Boundary Waters

Professor Lee Frelich, Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

Thursday, November 11 at 12:00 noon, central time

How will climate change affect northeastern Minnesota? Dr. Lee Frelich, discusses how ecological changes brought on by forest succession, species migration and warming waters will drastically transform the Boundary Waters.

If you want to know what climate change will do the north, don’t miss this presentation.

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