Posts Categorized: Global Warming

First Test of 2013 MN Frac Sand Law is Successful

Posted by & filed under agriculture, Energy, EQB and Environmental Review, Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Global Warming, Health, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog, oil, rural, Water.

By Johanna Rupprecht, Land Stewardship Project The owner of a controversial Houston County silica sand mine was notified Monday by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that he must stop mining and apply for a DNR Silica Sand Mining Trout Stream Setback Permit. The Erickson silica sand mine in Houston County’s Yucatan Township is… Read more »

Grazing, Cover Crops, Climate Change & Resilience

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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 »

BREAKING: Minnesotans celebrate record-breaking support for curbing carbon pollution

Posted by & filed under carbon emissions, carbon pollution, carbon reduction, carbon regulation, climate change, coal, coal plants, coal power, EPA, Global Warming, Issues, Loon Commons blog, news.

Minnesotans joined together on Monday to highlight the broad public support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standard—a proposed standard to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.

More than 2 million comments supporting EPA protections against carbon pollution and climate change collected

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Today, a broad coalition of groups supporting clean air safeguards announced they have collected more than two million comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Carbon Pollution Standard, which limits industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.

Relax Farmers: Climate Change is Good for You (Not)

Posted by & filed under Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Global Warming.

In 1989, I worked for a farm magazine that claimed global climate change, if real, would actually be good for agriculture since rising carbon dioxide levels would act as some sort of mega plant growth promoter. During the past seven days, I’ve seen firsthand what happens when extreme weather—which many scientists say is an offshoot… Read more »

Midwesterners in Copenhagen

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Want to learn more about the climate talks happening in Copenhagen, December 7-18? Watch videos, read tweets and blogs, and look at photos of the events, all from Midwesterners in Denmark this month. Check out the Will Steger Foundation’s website and RE-AMP’s collection of information. Recommend on Facebook Share on google plus Tweet about it

More on the President’s Proposed Budget

Posted by & filed under Energy, Funding for the Environment, Global Warming, Great Lakes, Water.

The budget proposal released by President Obama last week is a long and complicated document (140 pages, PDF).  It departs significantly from how things have been done in the past in many regards, so it will take a while for conservation and environmental groups to fully assess its implications on environmental policies. Recommend on Facebook… Read more »

What does the stimulus plan mean for our Great Outdoors?

Posted by & filed under Energy, Funding for the Environment, Global Warming, Water.

While Minnesotans offer their ideas on how to deal with the massive state budget deficit at community hearings throughout the state in the next few weeks, we should take time to reflect on how recent federal actions will impact our Great Outdoors. Recommend on Facebook Share on google plus Tweet about it