The not-so-common Loon: New study warns of decline

(Photo by Pete Markham published under Creative Commons License)

By 2080, Minnesota may be without its state bird during the summer months.

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Oil train safety, passenger train timeliness get legislative hearing

An increase in the amount of oil train traffic traveling through Minnesota to serve the fracking operations in western North Dakota has had a ripple effect on the passenger rail operations of Amtrak.

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Help raise awareness abotu the Emerald Ash Borer!

Approximately 160 ash trees lining Corcoran boulevards are destined for infestation by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is an invasive beetle that has moved into Minnesota in recent years. The EAB lays eggs on the bark of ash trees. When the eggs hatch, larvae burrow under the bark and eat the tissue just under the outer bark that contains the tree’s water and nutrient transportation system. In essence, the beetle girdles the tree from within. EAB can take up to three years to kill the tree. All ash trees in Minneapolis are in danger of becoming infested, which is why the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Forestry Department will be removing and replacing all boulevard ash trees within the next eight years.

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Don't offer farmers and citizens to multinationals, stop TTIP and CETA

From France, which gave us the Rights of Man, we hear the call for the Rights of Citizens from French farmers who yesterday staged a sit-in at Cargill’s headquarters in Paris protesting proposed new free trade agreements. The second largest farmers’ union in France, Confédération Paysanne, unfurled a banner that read, “Holland, Juncker, Obama: Don’t offer farmers and citizens to multinationals, Stop TTIP and CETA.” They occupied the Cargill trading floor all day, until they received an appointment with the Secretary of State for French Foreign Trade, Mr. Matthias Fekl.

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Corporations represent at UN climate summit

The controversial Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) was officially launched yesterday at the U.N. Climate Summit. The announcement came in the wake of rising criticism from civil society, including IATP, about the intentionally vague term “climate smart” versus the more established science of agroecology, as well as the corporate-led participation of GACSA.

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Carrie Wasley, candidate for protecting water in Ramsey County

The Ramsey Conservation District (RCD) is commonly called the water board. The board protects the quality of lakes and drinking water from storm runoff. Controlling water runoff also conserves our good top soil. The board encourages people to have rain gardens that trap rain and redirect back into building back up our water table. Since water is our most critical resource, the people who serve on this board are unnoticed heroes.

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People's Climate March: The currency of movements

IATP's Tara Ritter is blogging from New York City as a participant of the People's Climate March.

At 400,000 participants, the People’s Climate March was at least four times larger than any other climate rally in history. Add that to 2,808 solidarity events in 166 countries, and you get an idea of the powerful worldwide call for climate action that happened today.

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I marched there to come home here

I wanted to go from my university in Massachusetts to the climate march in New York City so that I can come home to a Minnesota that has a brighter future.

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Turning the corner on Great Lakes clean-up

The St. Louis River used to look bad. And smell bad. Dead fish were belly-up in the water, and industrial foam covered shorelines. The river looks a lot better these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy yet.

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Planting the new Raymond Avenue: Volunteer initiative sows lasting results

When it comes to improving the beauty and environmental friendliness of any neighborhood, there’s no better way to get things done and done in the right way than through the power and initiative of

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