University of Minnesota Develops New Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Environmental News Network

University of Minnesota Develops New Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input DecisionsReducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and nitrogen water pollution from agriculture are top environmental priorities in the United States.

Stop Line 3 protests continue at Minnesota capitol


About 2,000 demonstrators rallied at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday as part of a week of action called “Treaties Not Tar Sands.” The movement is reacting to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, which could carry 750,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Wisconsin every day

English CleanChoice Energy Announces 20+ Megawatts of New Minnesota Residential Community Solar

Green Living Guy

15 New Solar Farms Add Thousands of Openings to Minnesota’s Residential Community Solar Capacity So first of all, CleanChoice Energy is a renewable energy company that empowers people and businesses.

Know About Kratom and Its Legality in Minnesota

Green Prophet

Kratom Legality in Minnesota. Kratom is legal in Minnesota as of May 2018, and there is no restriction on using this herb in the state. Residents of the state will not have to face any penalties for having any amount of Kratom, selling it or distributing in the Minnesota. There is no movement against this herb in Minnesota, and that might be due to substantial local following through different advocate associations to keep all politicians candid. What the kratom?

Minnesota to implement low- and zero-emission clean vehicle standards


In a move that would make both hybrid and electric car manufacturers see dollar signs, Minnesota announced a new proposal that will require auto manufacturers that sell within the state to deliver more hybrid cars and electric vehicles (EVs) to comply with its new low- and zero-emission initiative. The standards will take a minimum of 18 months for roll-out, due to the rule-making process set by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Minnesota Vikings Offsets 100% of Electricity for Home Games

Green Living Ideas

The Minnesota Vikings have committed to offset all of the electricity used at the Metrodome for home games this season by purchasing renewable energy from Xcel Energy. The commitment also includes purchasing offsets for any potential playoff games this season, and is a big step in the right direction for this NFL [.] [ Minnesota Vikings Offsets 100% of Electricity for Home Games from Green Living Ideas ].

Montana and Minnesota: Coal vs. Clean Energy

Sierra Club Compass

This week's coal vs. clean energy examples come from Montana and Minnesota. Meanwhile, over in Minnesota, clean energy vision is happening. This week a powerhouse coalition came together to launch the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign. " I applaud this vision in Minnesota and look forward to seeing its successes. Minnesota isn't alone in its diverse coalitions pushing for clean energy.

Big Victory: Minnesota's Landmark Clean Energy Standard Charts Course Beyond Dirty Energy

Sierra Club Compass

Minnesota energy has begun a new chapter. Minnesota has taken a first step in outlining the next big leap forward in the state's sustainable energy future. Minnesota's solar legislation will propel the state's investment in energy innovation, generate jobs, and build on the existing goal of reaching 25 percent renewables by 2025.

Stop Line 3 protests continue at Minnesota capitol


About 2,000 demonstrators rallied at the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday as part of a week of action called “Treaties Not Tar Sands.” Wednesday’s rally came in response to the Minnesota Supreme Court upholding state regulators’ decision to let Enbridge continue construction. Minnesota’s Democratic governor, Tim Walz, has also supported the Line 3 project. Original post: Stop Line 3 protests continue at Minnesota capitol.

The Green Buzz: Monday, July 15

Cool Green Science

Zebra mussels have found their way into Minnesota lakes. ( Animals Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Science & Research Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science Fish Global Warming Green Living Invasive species North America The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy backyard chickens death valley earthquakes fracking fried eggs heat wave minnesota minnesota lake MNN nbc news npr san fransisco chronicle u.s. Happy Monday!

Follow the Cow that Follows the Burn

Nature Conservancy - Science

At the Chippewa Prairie in Minnesota , conservationists are using GPS tracking to gain a better understanding of how an important animal moves on the grassland: Cows. Chippewa Prairie consists of two connected parcels, one owned by The Nature Conservancy and one by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Chippewa Prairie is one of the largest intact prairies in Minnesota. Chippewa is one of the best of the best, as far as native prairies in Minnesota.

New Chief Operating Officer Lois Quam Chats with Mark Tercek

Cool Green Science

Coming from Minnesota, I have seen first hand some of the Conservancy’s great accomplishments produced through science, collaboration, and a commitment to getting things done. Meanwhile, in my first weeks at the Conservancy, I’ve been able to visit our programs and some of our great work in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio and my native Minnesota. Tercek: Speaking of growing up in Minnesota, how did that landscape shape your sense of place?

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History Of Energy Gardens

Green Living Ideas

Alternative Energy Energy Efficiency Home Energy Usage Colorado distributed energy DOE GTM Research Harvard History Of Energy Gardens Massahusetts Michigan Minnesota NREL Solar Design Associates SolarizeBefore I begin writing about energy gardens, it is incredibly helpful to understand what they are, what they aren’t, and their level of independence from whatever energy utility serves the vicinity.

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Enbridge Line 3 pipeline protestors brutally arrested


Last weekend, at least 20 people were arrested in Minnesota for protesting the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline that would transport Canadian tar sands into the United States. The protestors have been fighting Canadian fossil fuel giant Enbridge for five years

Rare Butterflies Return Home

Nature Conservancy - Science

This summer 200 federally threatened Dakota skippers emerged as butterflies and were reintroduced to a Minnesota prairie. From the Field Wildlife Endangered Species Grasslands Insects Pollinators Restoration

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10,000 Gallons a Day of Animal Waste Fuel Head to Market

Green Living Ideas

Last month a rural Minnesota factory began pumping out commercial-scale quantities of biodiesel made from animal waste like pig parts and waste fats… and almost any other waste fats and oils. Tags: Waste Reduction 50000 gallons animal parts Arlin Gyberg Brian Krohn commercial scale cradle-to-cradel Ever Cat Fuels fats McGyan Process oils sulfated zirconia column sustainable biodiesel U of M in Minnesota waste biodiesel

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Ethanol Industry Sues California

Green Living Ideas

low carbon fuel standard Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers the American Coalition for Ethanol the Renewable Fuels Association the Rocky Mountain Farmers union The Federal government is asking the fuel industry to incrementally raise the levels of ethanol in the country’s gas. California has state legislation called the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 calling for car fuels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Repurposed coffee grounds provide sustainable clothing pigment alternative


Eco Green eco-inspiration green-business hybrid-car- lakes low-emission minnesota news recycled materials repurposed materials sustainable food sustainable materialsScientists from Iowa State University (ISU) recently unveiled a natural alternative to synthetic clothing pigment. This natural alternative is sourced from brewed coffee grounds.

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How much is a loon worth?

Environmental Economics

But right over the border, this is different: Minnesota loons could benefit from an $18.7 Minnesota could receive up to $25 million over the next 15 years from the settlement between oil company BP and the federal government, Carrol Henderson, the department's nongame wildlife supervisor, told MPR News. Minnesota and Wisconsin likely will be the only non-coastal states to receive settlement money from the spill primarily because of the loon concentration.

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Climate Victory Gardens Sprouting Up in Minnesota, Colorado, and Virginia. GREEN AMERICA RELEASED NEW HOW-TO GUIDE In Time for Spring Planting Season, Green America Toolkit Explains Carbon-Capturing Gardening Practices. Practiced Americans Can Use in Their Backyards.

The key to understanding Environmental Economics is understanding unintended consequences

Environmental Economics

"It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A While uncomfortable, sometimes it pays to think beyond the obvious: People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

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Quote of the Day: Hey, that sounds familiar!

Environmental Economics

"If we're using ethanol for environmental benefits, for air quality and climate change, we're going down the wrong path, [Jason Hill, University of Minnesota Engineering Professor] said." " via

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And we get criticized for off-topic posts?

Environmental Economics

During Saturday's Republican debate in New Hampshire, [Republican Presidential Candidate Rick] Santorum blinked 793 times while speaking for 12 minutes and 55 seconds, according to an analysis by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Research is less clear on a link between blinking and lying , but as University of Minnesota political scientist Eric Ostermeier explains, all that matters is how voters perceive Santorum's body language.

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Prii* Problems

Environmental Economics

'It's kind of hard to beat gasoline' for public and environmental health, said co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. 'A 'Because electric vehicles, on average, generate greater environmental externalities than gasoline vehicles, the current federal policy has greater deadweight loss than the no-subsidy policy,' the [NBER authors] write. 'It's

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Man Facing Jail Time For Having a Windmill on His Own Property, Just Bucked the System!

Green (Living) Review

This summer, we reported on the story of a Minnesota man named Jay Nygard, who was risking jail time because he refused to remove a wind turbine from his property. Jay owns a company called Go Green Energy, which sells wind turbines in other areas of Minnesota, but he isn’t able to do so in Orono where he lives because of permit and licensing laws.

Clean Energy: Making Better Economic Sense and Keeping the Heat On During the Polar Vortex

Sierra Club Compass

" That's the ruling from a judge in a case about whether Xcel should replace its Minnesota Black Dog coal plant with natural gas or solar. Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission must still approve the plan, but it's great news for clean energy and clean air and water.   This Minnesota news is the latest in the string of good clean energy stories.

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Just In Time for Christmas

Green Home Blog

Winter brings to mind storms, and we have both Time and the University of Minnesota to thank for compiling lists of the biggest and baddest of winter storms in living memory (well, my living memory anyway). In January of that same year, Minnesota was swept with one of the strongest storms in history. While Minnesota and Iowa struggled under their blankets of up to 37 inches of snow over a blanket of black ice up to two inches thick, I-35 (the Twin Cities interchange) was closed.

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Friday beer post: A frothy mug of jobs?

Environmental Economics

  “We’re making it easier for Minnesota beer drinkers to drink Minnesota beer and create jobs here,” Rybak said. Phil Miller: With the stroke of a pen Wednesday morning, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak cleared the way for local brewers to start serving beer straight from their breweries.  Sales of pints on site will also grow the local beer economy by lowering the barriers for entry for new breweries, which will allow them to hit the ground running.

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Best Universities For Environmental Initiatives

Green Prophet

University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota at Morris includes a broad range of initiatives including renewable energy, zero waste, and sustainable construction and renovation. . Dream of being an environmental activist or lawyer?

A taste of survival; Class teaches children how people from the past lived in the outdoors

Green (Living) Review

They also learned to make arrowheads and throw atlatls — or spears — and listened to Minnesota storyteller and naturalist Kevin Strauss share history, folklore and tall tales. Executive Director Larry Dolphin’s voice could be heard, describing the different berries and wild grapes to a group of children at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

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Enbridge Line 3 pipeline protestors brutally arrested


Last weekend, at least 20 people were arrested in Minnesota for protesting the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline that would transport Canadian tar sands into the United States. But the new Line 3 is a huge project that would cross three indigenous reservations in Minnesota. The protestors have been fighting Canadian fossil fuel giant Enbridge for five years. The recent arrests were accompanied by tear gas and painful rubber-coated bullets.

Nature Photo of the Week: Three of a Kind

Cool Green Science

Flickr photographer carolynpepper caught these three Mergansers at just the right moment, perfectly in sync on Lake Vermillion in Minnesota. What a great capture! Thanks for sharing your image through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr group ! See all of The Nature Conservancy’s featured daily nature images — submitted to the Conservancy’s Flickr group by people like you — at

CSR researchers work on a high-speed carbon-neutral locomotive


As hyped by the CSR, which is an association of the non-profit Sustainable Rail International (SRI) and the Institute on the Environment of the Minnesota University, it is the first carbon-neutral locomotive. According to Rod Larkins of the Minnesota University, the carbon-neutral locomotive will herald the beginning for a technology that will reduce the country’s huge dependence on fossil fuels.

All Risk, No Reward

Sierra Club Compass

From the Canadian border, the pipeline traverses 327 miles of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, passing through tribal lands, forests, and farms, rivers, and lakes, before terminating at Lake Superior. million fine in connection with an explosion that killed two workers in Minnesota. The proposal still needs to secure permits from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and an amended Presidential Permit from the Obama administration.

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Wind Power Pitting Environmentalists Against Environmentalists

Eco Friendly Daily

Perhaps the brewing controversy in Goodhue County in Minnesota shows one unexpected consequence. A 2005 survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found that bald eagles nests increased by 28 percent since 2000. Goodhue County, located on the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, saw a decrease during this period. Wind power offers a clean alternative to coal-derived energy. Like other green energy sources, implementation is complicated.

The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013

Sierra Club Compass

  #3) A SOLAR VICTORY IN MINNESOTA Minnesota’s state legislature finally passed comprehensive clean energy legislation that will commit the state to increase its solar electricity from 13 megawatts to 450 megawatts by 2020, an increase of more than 1,200 percent. This past spring, more than 62 groups held a Day of Action at the Minnesota statehouse to urge elected officials to expand renewable energy in the state.

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Hey, Who You Callin’ a Weed?

Green Home Blog

In fact, in a book on Minnesota pioneers called Old Rail Fence Corners , Irving A. Dunsmoor is quoted as saying that his mother loved dandelion greens so much that – arriving in what would later become Minneapolis, Minnesota – she saw no dandelions and so sent “back East” to Maine for a packet of seed. Hey, Who You Callin’ a Weed?

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Homemade Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood

Green (Living) Review

Paul, Minnesota Source: [link Use this portable homemade sawbuck for securing logs to be cut into firewood. Sawbucks are devices for holding logs or branches that are being cut into firewood. They make the task safer and more efficient. I live on a city lot and needed a sawbuck that could fold up and store in a limited amount of space. I built it from salvaged 2-by-4s and scraps of plywood or particleboard. It can be made any size, depending upon your need.

What is so wrong about the consumer paying the true cost of grain, coal and oil?

Environmental Economics

  Rick Calhoun, the marine and terminal division president for [Minnesota-based food giant] Cargil, said the company could still get its products to market by using trucks or trains. Maybe it would mean that I wouldn't eat so dang much: Locks are intended to make it easy for. barges, with their cargoes of grain, coal and oil, to navigate the uneven waters of the Mississippi, Kentucky [1] and Ohio Rivers. But largely out of sight of most Americans, the locks are crumbling.

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I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, I'm ready for some benefit-cost analysis

Environmental Economics

Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin -- they are joined at the hip. The bridge in question would be mostly paid for by the taxpayers of Wisconsin and Minnesota. I'm going to show my maturity and rise above the obvious snark*: Representative Michele Bachmann, the conservative Republican running for president, has little in common, ideologically, with her fellow Minnesotan, Senator Al Franken, a Democrat.

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The new EPA

Environmental Economics

The new round of non-renewals will bite much deeper, BOSC Executive Committee Chairwoman Deborah Swackhamer, a University of Minnesota science professor, indicated in an email today to E&E News. More cuts er.non-renewals for the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors : U.S.

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I'm voting for Kentucky as the worst college football state

Environmental Economics

At the end we find out that NMSU has beaten Minnesota which gives Kentucky the edge Get ready for a Jax State (FCS) upset today in Lexington (can you believe the game is on ESPNU ?): The most spirited "competition" in college football this season might be between those ancient gridiron antagonists — the state of New Mexico and the commonwealth of Kentucky — over which state with multiple FBS programs is producing the worst caliber of football.

The Zebra Mussel Hunter

Nature Conservancy - Science

Sweet, an aquatic invasive species technician with Minnehaha Creek Watershed District in Minnesota, tries to find zebra mussels and other invasives before they become established in new waters. Fewer than two percent of Minnesota’s lakes have invasive mussels,” Sweet says. Fewer than five percent of Minnesota’s lakes have any invasive species.