AS MINNESOTA ADDRESSES CLIMATE CHANGE: Some Legislators Get Cold Feet

MICHELLE ROSIER and KATHARINA MOELLER Sierra Club After an extraordinary 2007 legislative session that set Minnesota on the path to a comprehensive plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the 2008 legislature encountered delays in implementing real climate change solutions. First, Governor Pawlenty’s Office of Energy Security stalled release of the …

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Climate Change News Flash

AMI VOELTZ Do It Green! Minnesota Two ice shelves in Canada’s far north have lost massive sections since August. The Wilkins Ice Shelf has experienced further break-up with an area of about 160 square kilometers breaking off. Researchers monitoring daily satellite images of Greenland’s glaciers have discovered break-ups at two …

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Climate Change Stories

NEELY CRANE-SMITH Center for Energy and Environment Thousands of Minnesotans are taking real, measurable actions in their homes to lighten their carbon footprints, save money and curb global warming. When it comes to reducing your household’s carbon footprint, the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to make a real difference is …

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Global Warming in Minnesota

By Ami Voeltz & Sara Grochowski Do It Green! Minnesota The phrase “global warming” has almost become overused in mainstream media. Anyone who is not at least vaguely aware of the threat would seemingly have been hiding under a rock during the last several years. However, many of us may …

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Global Warming: What Is Duluth Doing About It?

WENDY GRETHEN Freelance writer Duluth has been stepping up to the global warming plate since May of 2001 by passing a resolution to join the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign sponsored by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air …

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Global Warming: What Is Winona Doing About It?

ANNE MORSE Winona County Sustainability Cdtr. Environmental change is coming to the historic Mississippi River town of Winona, and that change is coming fast. The summer of 2007 saw the development of a groundbreaking collaboration to integrate sustainable behaviors into the institutional fabric of the community. Demonstrating genuine leadership, all …

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Global Warming: What Is Woodbury Doing About It?

JENNIFER McLOUGHLIN Program Management Specialist, City of Woodbury Is it possible for one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota to be sustainable? The City of Woodbury has committed to try. In March 2006, Woodbury’s Energy Conservation Task Force invited polar explorer Will Steger to speak to the community about …

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Have We Hit Peak Oil Yet?

Brian Merchant MN PostCarbon We need to figure out how to live without fossil fuels for two reasons: First, burning fossil fuels remains the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases, the cause of global warming and climate change. Second, the world’s supply of oil and natural gas will soon decline, which …

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How Recent Warming Will Affect Minnesota

J. DRAKE HAMILTON Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released data that show that the winter period December 2006 through February 2007 was the warmest winter on record, globally. In 2006, an IPCC report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) said that the likelihood that …

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How to Talk to your Kids about Climate Change

NICOLE ROM Executive Director, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Many researchers and educators argue that young children are not mature enough to handle the reality of climate change, and parents are often understandably overwhelmed by the task of translating the technicalities of climate change to so young an audience. Yet …

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Sue’s Top 20 Global Warming Actions

SUE ROEGGE Climate Project Install compact fluorescent light bulbs Weather proof your home Keep up proper car maintenance including checking your tire pressure Eat locally, buy local grocery products as much as possible Install aerators on water faucets Use recycled paper products Compost all food scraps and yard waste Reduce …

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Sue’s Starters for Global Warming Action

Sue Roegge Climate Project 1. Commit to Educating Yourself about Global Warming: • Read the articles in this Global Warming section. • Research more in-depth about Global Warming online: – globalwarming101.com – fresh-energy.org • Sign up for email updates: – climatecrisis.net – sierraclub.org • Legislative information and bill tracking: – leg.state.mn.us – usa.gov Keep in mind that even the most …

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WE Can Solve the Climate Crisis

Unknown Unknown The WE Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection-a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis-in part through repowering …

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What Global Warming Will Bring

Will Steger, Elizabeth Andre and Abby Fenton The Baffin Island Expedition Educators and explorers Will Steger, John Stetson, Elizabeth Andre and Abby Fenton joined three Inuit hunters on a 1200-mile, four-month-long dogsled expedition across the Canadian Arctic’s Baffin Island from February thru May of 2007. The expedition traveled over traditional …

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What is the Solution to Global Warming?

WILL STEGER Global Warming 101 A Global Warming Arctic-Recent changes mean more open water during the winter season. Before I dedicated myself full-time to the issue of global warming, I tried to understand the root of the problem. It became clear to me that people are socially disconnected from each …

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