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10,000 petitions delivered to protect Boundary Waters

Environment Minnesota staff delivered nearly 10,000 petition signatures to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to reject applications for toxic sulfide mines near the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior. Read more.

Report | Environment Minnesota

When It Rains, It Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture. A new report details the relationship between global warming and extreme precipitation.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Advisory: New Report -- Extreme Downpours on the Rise in Minnesota

Environment Minnesota will hold a press conference on Tuesday July 31st to release a new report documenting the increase in the frequency of extreme rainstorms over the past 65 years in Minnesota. Recent extreme rainstorms, such as the storm that hit Duluth in June of 2012 and which caused $100 million in damages, are highlighted as part of a larger trend of bigger storms occurring more often—a trend that scientists have linked to global warming.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Boundary Waters Wilderness, Minnesota Public Lands at Risk of Destruction and Development

At a press conference overlooking the Mississippi River, Environment Minnesota released a new report today exposing how pristine areas in northern Minnesota are at risk from road-building, sulfide mining, sale to private interests, other destructive development, and the loss of environmental protection if bills moving through the House of Representatives are signed into law. The report, “Trashing our Treasures: Congressional Assault on the Best of America,” exposes a startling trend of legislative attacks on our nation’s treasured places, like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Superior National Forest, and Voyageurs National Park.

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Report | Environment Minnesota

Trashing Our Treasures

National parks, forests, and public lands are essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems, safeguarding our waterways, cleaning up the air we breathe, protecting wildlife habitat, and providing opportunities for Americans to connect with the outdoors. Recreation and tourism on public lands also contributes to a $646 billion outdoor industry economy that supports 6.1 million jobs. This report showcases treasured places across the country at risk of resource exploitation and development if attacks on our public lands are signed into law.

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House bill would cut environmental review time for mines

Environment Minnesota Preservation Advocate Samantha Chadwick responds to a bill in Congress that would make it easier to conduct destructive mining on federal lands: “This bill is a gift to the mining industry,” Chadwick said. “It gives big companies even more power to harm public lands, and could make it easier for out-of-state companies to conduct polluting sulfide mining in the Superior National forest and near the Boundary Waters.”

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