In this week's Newsletter: How to save the monarchs, learn about African Americans in STEM history, what NYC would look like after a 100 foot sea rise, and much more!
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Want More Monarchs? Plant More (Native!) Milkweeds

Monarch butterflies, the once-common orange and black butterflies that make a long and fascinating migration from Canada to Mexico every year, have been in trouble lately. In the past few years; their numbers have declined over a billion in the mid-90s to just $35 million last winter. The area that wintering butterflies cover has declined from over 44 acres in 1993 to an absolute nadir of 1.65 acres in 2013.

Habitat development, and the decline in the number of native ,milkweed plants- the only food monarch larvae will eat- are the main culprits, along with glyphosate poisoning which has also been linked to colony collapse disorder in bees

So to help the monarchs, plant some milkweeds. But know that the best ones to plant are natives, not tropical varieties that are often sold in garden stores. Want to know more? Read all about which milkweeds are best on the Solar 1 blog here.

It's Black History Month, Celebrate African American Contributions to STEM Disciplines

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills are more important than ever in today's contemporary world of tech, but women and minority populations are still grievously underrepresented in these fields. But for hundreds of years now. African Americans have been making incredible contributions as inventors, scientists and engineers.

The man in the picture above is George Washington Carver, perhaps the most famous Black scientist, botanist and inventor. Carver, who was born into slavery in Missouri  during the Civil War, helped solve the South's monoculture crop problem after boll weevils decimated the cotton crop at the turn of the 20th century. He invented over a hundred uses for peanuts, making products like paint, plastics, dyes and even gasoline.

Want to learn more? Check out Wikipedia's list of African American scientists here. You'll find everything from rocket science to industrial design to neurosurgery and beyond!

What's Left of NYC, After Sea Levels Rise 100 Feet

If all the world's glaciers were to melt (and they are melting pretty fast), sea levels would rise 80 meters, or 260 feet, according to the US Geographical Survey. But this map, made by Seattle resident Jeffrey Linn, shows that most of lower Manhattan and a good chunk of riverfront Brooklyn and Queens would be swallowed up if sea levels rise only 100 feet.

Although no one expects this level of sea water rise for many, many hundreds of years, it's still instructive to think about how much havoc even a much smaller change in sea water levels could be. Also, Linn provided cheeky names for the submerged neighborhoods and new islands, like Flushwick for Bushwick, Alphabet Soup for Alphabet City and Captain Hook for Red Hook. You can read more about the project here

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

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Other Events

Global Divestment Day Rally
Financial District, Intersection of Broad Street/ Exchange Place, Manhattan, 12:30-1:30pm, free

Happy Valentine's Day!

United for Action February Monthly Meeting
The Nation, 8th Floor Conference Room, 33 Irving Place near 15th St, Manhattan, 6:30-8:45pm, free

Environmental Education Advocacy Council of NYC Meet and Greet
Pioneers Bar, 138 West 29th Street bet 6th & 7th Aves, Manhattan, 6-9pm, free

Young Farmer Winter Supper: Fundraiser
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue bet N. 11th  N. 12th Sts, Brooklyn, 6-10pm, tickets are $349-$2,000

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