When it comes to climate change, our feelings do matter

If you’re anything like me, you’re seeing daily headlines about climate change and the catastrophic consequences. When you see another article about species extinction, or sea level rise, or increasingly severe storms, do you stop and click through, or do you wince and scroll quickly down the page in favor of cat videos or that new Marcel the Shell video?

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Affordable solar will allow residents to save money

The cost of solar panels has dropped 99% since 1977. In Minnesota, the long-term electricity cost from solar has decreased below the rising cost of utility bills. Now, local residents are making solar accessible for everyone through a member-owned cooperative, Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF).

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Farmers, ranchers and consumers lose on WTO COOL ruling

A U.S. law requiring the simple labeling of meat and poultry products for the country of origin (COOL) was determined to violate trade rules by a dispute panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) today.

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Minneapolis City leaders aim for greener energy with newly approved Xcel and CenterPoint contract

(Photo by moleofproduction published under Creative Commons License)

Minneapolis’ top energy providers will collaborate with government leaders to meet the city’s sustainability goals, after a City Council vote on Friday and a multi-year campaign from sustainability activists and University of Minnesota students.

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Phillips community sweeps up the neighborhood

(Video by John Akre) Phillips neighborhood community members picking up garbage for the Phillips Clean Sweep on Oct. 11. Video below.

The four Phillips Neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Phillips East, West, Midtown and Ventura Village, collaborated once again onr the annual Phillips Clean Sweep on October 11. Neighbors grabbed garbage bags and picker-uppers to pick up trash on the streets and others joined city garbage crews to pick up large items in the alleys.

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GAF corporation offers $500K to alleviate asphalt odors in Northeast Minneapolis

Engineers from GAF Corporation will put about half a million dollars into addressing their asphalt stink problem, company representatives told a group gathered by Bottineau Neighborhood Association Oct. 2.

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What's up with clear-cutting on Mississippi River Road?

Just this month, the Town and Country Golf Club cut shrubbery and trees on Mississippi River Road below the golf clubhouse. They clear-cut a nicely wooded hillside which had shielded view of country club from River Road or Lake street. Go to the middle of the bridge for the new view of the pool building and umbrellas. It had been a lovely block; walkers, joggers and commuters are now horrified. How did this happen?

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Performance artist Peterson Toscano on LGBTQ and climate justice intersectionality October 29th

While at the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st I had the pleasure of personally meeting performance artist Peterson Toscano, and hearing about his “The Queer Resp

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University of Minnesota chirps in on bird-safe glass debate

Sami Nichols has seen firsthand the death sentence that glass can be for unsuspecting feathered friends.

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Minneapolis and utilities establish unique "Clean Energy Partnership"

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On Oct. 6 a public hearing took place at City Hall to review tentative utility franchise agreements reached between the City of Minneapolis and utility companies Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. The agreements, if approved by the Minneapolis City Council on Oct. 17, would set in motion a first-in-the-nation, public-private “Clean Energy Partnership.” 

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