Posts Categorized: climate change

MEP and members urge President Obama and Attorney General Lynch to reconsider permits for Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, climate change, Loon Commons blog, oil, Water.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to President Obama and Attorney General Lynch, expressing their support and solidarity to the Sanding Rock Sioux Tribe and requesting that they reconsider permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline and de-escalate the violence at the protest site. Read the entire letter below:   December… Read more »

COP21: Voices for Youth

Posted by & filed under climate change, Loon Commons blog.

Originally Published on Climate Generation Today was Young and Future Generations, or Youth day at COP21. Wanting to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds about why they thought youth were important to the climate change conversation, we took to the street and interviewed people throughout our day – on buses, between conference events, and… Read more »

Climate change is a daunting challenge, but Minnesota still has healthy choices

Posted by & filed under air pollution, carbon pollution, carbon pollution standard, clean air, Clean Energy, climate change, Energy, Health, Loon Commons blog.

By Robert Moffitt, American Lung Association This post originally appeared in MinnPost We see evidence of climate disruption every day, right in our own backyard. The ragweed pollen season has increased by over two weeks in the past 15 years, causing plenty of discomfort to those with allergies. Extreme weather events and changes to the… Read more »

Student Voices Series: It’s time for Minnesotan utilities to see the bigger picture

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Actions have consequences. Take the example of an adolescent who sets off fireworks in his… Read more »

Taking steps to curb climate change would have a big impact on public health

Posted by & filed under air pollution, carbon emissions, carbon pollution, carbon pollution standard, carbon reduction, clean air, climate change, EPA, Loon Commons blog.

Too often, health impacts are left out of the conversation on climate change. That is unfortunate, because climate change threatens our ability to protect Minnesotans against the dangers of air pollution and increased allergens and asthma triggers linked to warmer summers, extreme weather and smoke from wildfires. This is especially true of the most vulnerable… Read more »

Demand versus need in Minnesota’s oil pipelines

Posted by & filed under climate change, Loon Commons blog, oil sands.

The Midwest and Great Lakes are quickly becoming a hub for transporting and refining one of the world’s dirtiest and most destructive fossil fuels on the planet: tar sands oil. Pipelines in the area are nothing new, but over the last several years the region’s infrastructure has seen a dramatic transformation Recommend on Facebook Share… Read more »

Flash Flood? Flash Drought? Time for a Little Slow Soil

Posted by & filed under agriculture, climate change, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Loon Commons blog.

The U.S Drought Monitor released its latest figures yesterday, verifying what we already knew: Minnesota is extremely dry. In fact, 55 percent of our state now falls under the “severe drought” or “moderate drought” category. Over 60 percent Minnesota’s subsoil moisture is “short” or “very short.” The National Drought Mitigation Center reported that in August… Read more »

Grazing, Cover Crops, Climate Change & Resilience

Posted by & filed under agriculture, climate change, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Global Warming, Loon Commons blog.

The best farming system in the world means little if it isn’t resilient enough to bounce back from all the nastiness nature can toss its way. That’s become painfully clear in recent years as extreme weather events increase in frequency. Two upcoming Land Stewardship Project field days will focus on how diverse farming systems can… Read more »

Lecture on ‘confounding problem’ of nitrogen pollution

Posted by & filed under agriculture, air pollution, clean air, climate change, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Global Warming, Health, Water.

Nitrogen. It makes up three-fourths of the air all around us. It cascades through our environment between land, water and the atmosphere. It is critical to agricultural production that feeds the world. And it is a byproduct of all the fossil fuels we consume. In the United States, we put five times more nitrogen into… Read more »