EventsMinnesota Independent Scholars' Forum Presents: Can understanding of urban ecosystems improve our odds?

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Minnesota Independent Scholars' Forum Presents: Can understanding of urban ecosystems improve our odds?

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
RCL - Shoreview

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There will be a short business meeting prior to the presentation.
Following many centuries of mostly agrarian lives, more than half of the people on our planet now live in cities. Early industrial cities were a mess, choked with smog, filthy water, large epidemics, to the point that lifespans around 1900 were shorter for folks living in cities than the countryside.
This talk examines the progress we’ve made, and some ideas for future progress, illustrated in part by Larry Baker's own research. We’ll continue this vein with a structured discussion to dive deeper on the topic of “improving our odds” for the livability of cities in the future.

Larry's research applied his hybrid education in environmental engineering and ecology to the study of applied biogeochemistry, with a focus on human ecosystems – cities and farms. He focuses on water quality, seeking practical solutions from a biogeochemical perspective, often working in Pasteur's quadrant, combining practice and theory. Recent projects have focused on nutrient flows in urban storm water, agricultural P balances, urban road salt management, and water policy.  Now retired, he is an embryonic novelist, working on a historical fiction about the early Puebloans in the “Basket maker era” and serves as a board member of the DFL Environmental Caucus

Suitable for:
Adult
Type:
History
Language:
English

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