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Climate adaptation: the biggest threat and opportunity for Minnesota farms

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership – (@mattjdoll) So far, 2019 has seen Minnesota’s skies break monthly precipitation records across the board, Given the soggy first weeks of October, it seems quite plausible that it will be the rainiest year we’ve ever recorded. While perhaps less visible than the wildfires in western states and provinces, these heavy… Read more »

PUC will reconsider Line 3 approval this February, resistance remains energized

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership – (@mattjdoll) This week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) commenced a new stage in the consideration process for the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline.. Roughly one year after the PUC had initially allowed the pipeline to move forward, the Minnesota Court of Appeals sent the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS)… Read more »

Clean Cars plan is a win-win step for Minnesota

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photo credit: Dept. of Energy By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership  – (@mattjdoll) On Wednesday, as part of Climate Week in Minnesota, the Walz Administration announced its intent to make Minnesota the latest of 15 states to begin adopting clean car standards. Governor Walz directed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to begin rule making that would require automakers… Read more »

Keeping “forever chemicals” out of Minnesota waters

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, the US House Oversight Subcommittee on Environment held hearings on a growing health and safety issue in our waters and environments, especially in Minnesota: chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAs. These two types of chemicals are ubiquitous in many consumer products, including fabrics, stain-… Read more »

Minnesotans join with global climate strike September 20

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On September 20, the second year of the Global Climate Strike movement will be well-represented here in Minnesota. Ten events across the state have been registered with the Strike in Center City, Grand Rapids, St. Joseph, Moose Lake, Morris, Willmar, Minneapolis, St. Peter, Northfield, Mankato, and St. Paul. The St. Paul event is… Read more »

Empowering Minnesotans to start clean commuting

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership – (@mattjdoll) Two weeks ago, we reported on efforts to making Minnesota’s transportation sector – our number one source of carbon emissions – cleaner and healthier. In that issue, we focused on electrifying fossil-fueled vehicles. But an even more efficient part of the solution is reducing reliance on motor vehicles… Read more »

MN lakes face blue-green problem

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photo credit: MPCA By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership (@mattjdoll) This week, Carver Lake, a popular beach destination in Woodbury that draws hundreds from throughout the East Metro in warm months, became the latest Minnesota lake to be temporarily closed this summer due to a blue-green algae outbreak. The same lake previously suffered from blue-green blooms… Read more »

Cleaning up the ways we get around in Minnesota

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership (@mattjdoll) This week, we’d like to thank all the Minnesotans who have spoken up this summer to help clean up Minnesota’s transportation. Hundreds of Minnesotans contacted the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to weigh in on Phase 2 of the state’s Volkswagen settlement plan, asking the MPCA to prioritize electrification of vehicles… Read more »

Climate Reality Leadership Corps comes to Minnesota

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By Sara Wolff (@True2OurFuture) and Matt Doll (@mattjdoll), Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last weekend, more than a thousand climate activists, scholars, and leaders gathered in Minneapolis for a gathering of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training. Chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, this is the latest in the series of 40 trainings. It’s fitting that… Read more »

Minnesota River problems call for regenerative solutions

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photo credit: MPCA By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently began collecting public comments on its reports – and proposed solutions – for the challenges facing the Minnesota River. The Minnesota is the third-longest stretch of river in the state. The area of its watershed extends over one-sixth of… Read more »