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Energy & Environment Archive

Wolf Hunts: Why We Must Control Population Size
By Sarah Couser, Macalester College January 06, 2014

I consider myself a liberal environmentalist, but I need to be honest. I am not entirely opposed to a wolf hunt, which recently wrapped…

Peer Pressure to Prevent Flash Floods
By Olivia Nelson, Macalester College January 02, 2014

This summer, as rain poured down outside in my hometown of Glenview, IL, my mom frantically entered my room at 3 in the morning,…

To Minnesota: A Warning from Kazakhstan
By Rebecca Jeong, Macalester College December 31, 2013

In today's installment of environmental op-eds from Macalester College students, we examine what Minnesota can learn from one of last century's worst natural resource…

Organics Not Always as Green
By Annie Shapiro, Macalester College December 30, 2013

This week we pick up Minnesota 2020's environmental op-ed series with a look at how green organic food really is. We hope you're enjoying…

Sustainability in the City: Recycling it forward
By Ivy Bardaglio, Macalester College December 26, 2013

Minnesota 2020's environmental op-ed series continues today with a look at St. Paul's new recycling initiatives. We hope you enjoy this collaboration with Macalester…

Contains Wheat, Soy, and Genetically Modified Ingredients
By Mitch Paquette, Macalester College December 24, 2013

Today, Minnesota 2020 continues its series of environmental policy Op-eds from Macalester College students. Over this two week period, we'll feature articles that explore…

Think of the Children: Eliminating Inequality in Outdoor Recreation
By Natalie Heneghan, Macalester College December 23, 2013

It's time again for Minnesota 2020's series of environmental policy Op-eds from Macalester College students. Over the next two weeks, we'll feature articles that…

Video: Climate change is real
By Briana Johnson December 19, 2013

The School of Environmental Studies joined today with Environment Minnesota for a day of climate action addressing climate change. The students wrote letters and…

A New Way to Gas Up
By Conrad deFiebre November 21, 2013

Until the day the last ounce of the earth's fossil fuels is used up -- probably burned to power air-conditioning on an overheated planet…

Minnesota Energy Reality Check
By Maria Brun November 06, 2013

Last week, Politico featured a story about how knowledge and interest in energy polls across Americans. As an energy wonk, it was disheartening (though…

Water Bill Vote Shows Faith in Government Solutions
By Conrad deFiebre October 31, 2013

In a lurch toward sweet bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives, AKA Shutdown Central, last week approved the long-delayed Water Resources Reform and Development…

Where MN’s Renewables Stack Up
By Maria Brun October 17, 2013

When it comes to lowering carbon energy emissions, states have become key actors at creating momentum for clean and renewable energy. This is one…

Video: What’s a Tree Trust?
By Briana Johnson September 30, 2013

Every year, Minneapolis loses a lot of trees to storms and diseases. Many of these trees are on private property. Replacing them is expensive…

Climate Change Solutions Need More Teeth
By Alexis Williams, Guest Commentary September 12, 2013

Minnesotans are already witnessing the impacts and costs of climate change—heat waves, devastating storms and floods, and lost habitats for native species. Inaction is…

Should Minnesota Embrace Plug-in Vehicles?
By Ross Abbey, Guest Commentary July 23, 2013

Editor's note: Minnesota 2020 recently ran an article suggesting that electric cars aren't as environmentally friendly as advertised, especially when factoring in the mining…

Electric Avenue: No Freeway to a Clean Future
By Conrad deFiebre July 11, 2013

The Sisters of St. Joseph who live across the street from me in south Minneapolis tend their lawn with an electric mower. One of…

Tuesday Talk: Q and A on Energy Legislation
By Joe Sheeran June 18, 2013

While recently enacted renewable energy legislation didn’t go as far as some progressives would have hoped, many of its provisions did move Minnesota closer…

The 88th Legislature & The Environment
By Christina Motilall May 30, 2013

As the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up for the summer, many celebrated victories while others fumed in frustration. My personal view is that change does…

VIDEO: Solar Power Turns the Propellers
By Tom Niemisto May 23, 2013

Every spring the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society hosts the Solar Boat Regatta in Saint Paul, where Minnesota high school students put their designs to…

Five Threats to Minnesota Waters
By Christina Motilall May 20, 2013

Even in frozen February, it is easy to see why Minnesota is so proud of our 11,842 lakes (yep, that is the actual number)…

VIDEO: Citizen Water Testers in Action
By Tom Niemisto May 09, 2013

The 1972 Clean Water Act requires states to monitor river and lake health by measuring and reporting basic environmental data. That's quite a challenge…

Shifting Power in the Energy Debate
By Alice Madden, Macalester College May 08, 2013

This is the final installment of Minnesota 2020's series of environmental policy op-eds from Macalester College students. We hope you enjoyed this collaboration with…

Time to Strengthen Next Generation Energy Act
By Yingxin Ye May 07, 2013

Rising global energy demand, paired with declining costs for renewable energy technology, make now a good time to seriously consider expanding Minnesota’s renewable energy…

Copper-Nickel Mining: Alternatives for a Polarizing Debate
By Marcy Nadel, Macalester College April 29, 2013

It's time again for Minnesota 2020's series of environmental policy op-eds from Macalester College students. We're featuring articles that explore issues from food labeling…

Late Winter Weather Mixed News for Farmers
By Lee Egerstrom April 17, 2013

Coming off what looks like a record year for Minnesota farm income in 2012, weather watchers are concerned about what the cold, wet, snowy,…

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