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By Anne Waple, CEO of Earth’s Next Chapter & Member at The Collider

Five years ago this month, The Collider officially opened its doors in Asheville.

Conceived as a co-working space and accelerator for climate-related businesses and organizations, it’s beautiful floor-to-ceiling west windows looked out on a great view in 2016: the Western North Carolina mountains, and a growing membership dedicated to solving our most pressing global problem while bringing economic opportunity to our town.

So, how has that view changed over the last five years? And how might it change in the next five years?

In 2016, The Collider was already a product of more than 10 years of grassroots organizing around…

The Collider is bridging the gap between climate science, mitigation, and adaptation, and we need your help.

Asheville, NC. Photo courtesy The Collider.

By Mickey Snowdon, Communications Liaison at The Collider

When I first started working at The Collider, I had a basic understanding of climate change. I knew that greenhouse gases heat our earth, warm our oceans, and melt our glaciers.

I understood that forests, wetlands, and green spaces sequester carbon dioxide and that destroying them causes a positive feedback loop in which the earth continues to warm due to an increased reduction in carbon sinks.

I knew that the agricultural sector — specifically livestock — was a significant contributor of methane, a greenhouse gas 25–30 times more efficient at trapping greenhouse…

Meet the team that helps The Collider network accomplish its mission of advancing climate solutions.

Mary Spivey, Community Manager

Mary Spivey, Community Manager at The Collider
Mary Spivey, Community Manager at The Collider
Mary snorkeling in Belize. Photo courtesy Mary Spivey.

1. What attracted you to The Collider?

The opportunity to promote climate change awareness and advance solutions. I’d recently moved from a position in Minnesota where I engaged with the public on potential effects of a changing climate. I really enjoyed the discussions and seeing people make the connections between what they loved about Minnesota and ways a warming climate could result in a different future for the state. The Collider offered me an opportunity to continue this work.

2. What is your favorite part about working at The Collider?

The regular interactions with our passionate, engaging and often hilarious…

How one tool is impacting financial markets by predicting future climate impacts on the world’s most essential crops

Photo by user Pixels on Pixabay.

By Mickey Snowdon, Communications Liaison for The Collider

Consider that over 80 percent of the calories we consume come from just 10 foods: corn, rice, wheat, soybeans, palm oil, sugarcane, barley, rapeseed (canola oil), cassava, and sorghum. Corn and soy alone contributed over 90 billion dollars to the US economy in 2017.

Changes in our Earth’s climate due to global warming are altering the ability of regions to produce these key crops. This can be seen as both a positive and a negative, as crop yields in some regions are increasing while they are decreasing in others. …

EcoReal Academy is taking the lead on educating Realtors about climate change and real estate.

A mountain view in Western North Carolina. Photo by Thom Gaines.

By Mickey Snowdon, Communications Liaison.

While nationally the real estate spotlight is on sea level rise, Western North Carolina residents must instead contend with climate change effects like increased flooding, landslides, and wildfires.

In fact, Buncombe County experienced 108 million dollars in climate-induced damages between 1996 and 2014, of which 97 percent was due to flooding and landslides. In 2004, Hurricanes Frances and Ivan alone caused more than $200 million in damages in Western North Carolina, including $87 million in tourism losses.

Many businesses in the region didn’t have flood insurance and faced massive out-of-pocket expenses.

Dr. Doug Bruggeman, a…

Collider member Eyes on Earth is helping to manage water supplies in Southeast Asia—and food resources across the globe

By Mickey Snowdon, Communications Liaison

A flooded crop field. Photo by Sergei Akulich on Burst.

Food and water security are among the most significant issues facing our planet. The United Nations (UN) reports that the world’s population could reach 8.5 billion people by 2030, increasing strain on the world’s already stressed resources.

Collider member organization Eyes on Earth is innovating ways for us all to access and manage these vital resources in a rapidly changing climate.

The Eyes on Earth team has worked with private, public, and academic organizations — including the U.S. …

The DailyBreath app was created to help those most vulnerable to outdoor conditions avoid their triggers

By Mickey Snowdon, Communications Liaison

“Industrial weather” in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Carolina Pimenta on Unsplash.

Worldwide, one out of every 13 people suffers from asthma, according to the Center for Disease Control. The chronic medical condition accounts for nearly 10 million doctor’s office visits each year, and asthma-related health and work costs exceed $80 billion annually. About 10 people die from asthma every day—even though many of these deaths are entirely preventable.

DailyBreath, a mobile app currently available for iOS users, was created to help those most vulnerable to outdoor conditions avoid their asthma and allergy triggers. …

Learning to thrive in a changing world

By Mickey Snowdon, Communications Liaison

Photo by NASA on Unsplash.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2018 marked the fourth hottest year on record worldwide. We’ve already warmed our planet by a degree since the Industrial Revolution, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that, at the rate we’re going, humans could reach a 1.5°C temperature increase by 2030.

To say that our climate is changing is an understatement, at best.

At The Collider, our mission is to help everyone mitigate, adapt, and thrive in an increasingly uncertain environment. …

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