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Durban Climate Talks Begin

On November 28th, the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began in Durban, South Africa. The UN Climate Talks will span two weeks and include delegates from 194 countries but also hundreds of public interest organizations and thousands of activists from around the world will […]

EPA’s Climate Rule is Delayed, More of a Dangerous Trend

“Greenhouse gases for power plants is first on the docket,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said on the sidelines of an event in San Francisco. “Although we are not going to make the date at the end of the month, we are still working and will be shortly announcing a new schedule.”On Thursday, the EPA announced […]

Obama’s Delay Means More Sick People

Last Friday, President Obama chose to delay critical air quality standards for smog pollution. This decision comes as a blow to the environment and public health. In a statement from the White House, Obama sited concern for our recovering economy as reason to delay this public health protection stardard. Obama said, “Ultimately, I did not […]

Minnesota continues its clean energy path!

On May 27th, Governor Dayton vetoed a bill that would roll back Minnesota’s restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions in the electric utility sector, thereby continuing our progress towards a cleaner energy future. This bill would have allowed up to 1,500 megawatt of new coal-fired power to be exempt from Minnesota’s carbon offset requirements for new coal […]

Climate Change and Your Health

The Union of Concerned Scientists released an excellent peer-reviewed report Thursday called Climate Change and Your Health: Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution. The full national report is at www.ucsusa.org (PDF 2.3MB). The report found climate change-induced ozone increases in Minnesota could result in about 62,000 additional cases of serious respiratory illnesses and almost $107 million […]