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MinnPost: Eugenie Scott on Climate Science in Classrooms

For three decades, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has focused most of its efforts on defending the teaching of evolution in the classroom. Increasingly, however, the teachers its executive director, Dr. Eugenie Scott, hears from are under fire for teaching global warming. Read more…

Is it hot enough for you? Climate News Round-up

Is it hot enough for you? Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12.[Via Climate Central] Summer 2012 has proved a landmark time in climate history, with record heat, rainfall, wildfires, floods and droughts throughout the country and across the globe. Recent reports came in that global CO2 […]

Will Steger Foundation Launches Innovative Region-Wide Mentorship Program

The Will Steger Foundation is kicking off the summer with research to develop and launch an innovative mentorship program within the RE-AMP network that connects youth climate leaders with veteran staff from climate-focused non-profit organizations across the Midwest. Mentorship is defined as a mutually beneficial learning relationship between two people that involves caring, commitment and […]

Public Opinion on Climate Change Policy – It’s Not What You Might Think

If you pay attention to the rhetoric between climate change supporters and climate change deniers, you would think that it is a polarizing issue; that you could predict by political party affiliation which way the public will fall on climate and energy issues. A new poll says this is not true. The majority of all […]

A Big Day for Clean Air: New Carbon Rule Announced!

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration issued draft language to establish the first-ever carbon pollution protections for new power plants. Carbon pollution is the main contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like smog – which triggers asthma attacks – making it a serious hazard to Americans’ health and future. Once […]

Clean air: is it the new civil rights struggle?

That is what various student groups and organizations gathered to discuss on the last day of Black History Month. The Will Steger Foundation sponsored Clean Air: the New Civil Rights Struggle at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities last week with a diverse coalition of partners, including Sierra Club, Black Motivated Women, Black Student Union, […]

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visits Minnesota

 On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson spoke at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities about the role of science in public health and environmental protection policy. The audience also got a glimpse of Jackson’s personal life. She shared the story of her own son who suffers from asthma and her favorite policy, […]

Minnesota’s Energy Future

With the start of 2012, I thought it would be useful to highlight the positive actions taking place right now to transition Minnesota towards clean energy. Minnesotans spend at least $20 billion a year for energy. Most of that money goes to other states that are rich in fossil fuels and leaves Minnesota with polluted […]