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Local View: Expedition toward clean-energy future making progress

By Will Steger October 28, 2018 In 1995, I set out to cross the Arctic Ocean to Canada’s Ellesmere Island from Russia. Everything that could’ve gone wrong on that expedition did. In the first 24 hours, the dogs and sled broke through the ice. Luckily, the dogs saved the day. We ended up battling days […]

Weather Channel documents struggles of climate refugees in the U.S.

By Paul Huttner August 16, 2018 This week on Climate Cast we’re talking about increases. There’s been a surge in climate refugees on the United States’ coasts as the seas rise. A boom in the tick population as winters warm. And, on a brighter note, an increase of clean energy jobs in the Midwest. Weather […]

Southwest students advocate for climate action at Capitol

By Nate Gotlieb May 15, 2018 Members of a Southwest High School student group advocated for clean energy policies and practices at the state Capitol this spring. Students on the Southwest Community Education Green Team participated in the annual Youth Climate Justice Summit that the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy hosted on […]

Governor Dayton urges Minnesota Legislature to support and pass “50 By 30” Renewable Energy Standard this year

Governor Dayton’s Office April 25, 2018 Governor Dayton reaffirmed his support today during a meeting with Climate Generation student activists Governor Dayton’s Administration originally proposed the 50 percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard during the 2017 Legislative Session Renewable energy is good for Minnesota’s economy, environment, and public health – supporting more than 57,000 jobs […]

A slowing ocean current could mean big climate changes

By Paul Huttner and Climate Cast digital producer Cody Nelson April 26, 2018 Two new studies find that ocean currents in the Atlantic have slowed down by as much as 15 percent, and that may already be influencing ocean temperature and weather patterns in the U.S. and Europe. We start Climate Cast on that topic. Here’s […]

Alternative oil pipeline route criticized by Dayton, Leech Lake Ojibwe, Enbridge

By Jimmy Lovrien April 25, 2018 DULUTH, Minn. — A judge’s recommendation that the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement should follow its existing route across northern Minnesota — through two reservations instead of around them, as Enbridge had proposed — is being met with criticism from all sides, including the state’s governor. Gov. Mark Dayton, […]

Governor Dayton Urges Minnesota Legislature to Support and Pass “50 By 30” Renewable Energy Standard This Year

April 25, 2018 Governor Dayton reaffirmed his support today during a meeting with Climate Generation student activists Governor Dayton’s Administration originally proposed the 50 percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard during the 2017 Legislative Session Renewable energy is good for Minnesota’s economy, environment, and public health – supporting more than 57,000 jobs and creating $1 […]

Youth Climate Summit Brings MN Students, Lawmakers Together

By Elizabeth Braun April 23, 2018 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Students from across Minnesota get a chance to bring their concerns about climate change and the environment directly to their state lawmakers this week. About 200 young people are expected to participate in the Youth Climate Justice Summit, this Wednesday at the Minnesota State Capitol. Jason […]

As an administration demurs, coalitions are taking the lead for the U.S. on climate change

By Benjamin Powers January 5, 2018 Non-governmental coalitions stepped up in the U.S.’s relative absence at COP23 this year. Is their activism the only thing keeping climate change at bay in America? Troy Robertson, a teacher who fled New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina only to return a month after, was among those who attended COP23 […]