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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Four Nations, One Task 2008: ELLESMERE ISLAND EXPEDITION

WILL STEGER Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy On March 29, 2008, the Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy launched its second Global Warming 101 Expedition, a 62-day, 1400-mile dogsled expedition across Ellesmere Island. Explorer Will Steger selected six young adventurers to join him in an effort to educate youth, …

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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 Minneapolis Doing About It?

CARA LETOFSKY Policy Aide for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak The City of Minneapolis continues to be a national leader on reducing the impact of global warming on our planet. Minneapolis’ sustainability work is guided by 24 indicators that measure our progress at creating a sustainable future for our residents. Adopted …

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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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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 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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The Connection Between Recycling and Global Warming

GREENGUARDIAN.COM popular website Global warming: it’s a big topic these days, and people want to know what they can do to help. Most people don’t realize it, but one way to reduce global warming is to recycle paper products. Paper recycling helps in the following ways: Energy Savings-Pulp and paper …

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What are the U.S. Congress & Supreme Court Doing About Global Warming?

J. DRAKE HAMILTON Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy U.S. Congress The U.S. Congress, after years of inaction, is currently focusing significant attention on global warming and on legislative proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the proposed bills would do what scientists have been counseling us to do for …

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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 Minnesota’s Government Doing About Global Warming?

J. DRAKE HAMILTON Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy Given the absence of national action on global warming, U.S. states have been enacting laws and regulations to reduce pollution. And now Minnesota has joined that list of forward-thinking states by enacting a law with some of the strongest global warming reduction …

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