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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

Wind Power for a Cleaner America

Coal- and natural gas-fired power plants pollute our air, are major contributors to global warming, and consume vast amounts of water—harming our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. Wind energy has none of these problems. It produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

The Mississippi River and the Gulf Dead Zone

Environment Minnesota is holding its next Green Ideas & Ham monthly breakfast forum on Tuesday Nov. 20 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. This month’s topic is the massive dead zone 16,000 kilometers large that forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Mississippi River meets the coast in Louisiana. The pollution that causes this dead zone starts right here in Minnesota.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Clean Water Act Turns 40 – Progress Made, More Needed

Today, October 18, 2012, marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a landmark environmental law.  The Clean Water Act was enacted after years of citizen outrage about massive and persistent water pollution across the count

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New Online Factsheet Details Recent Extreme Weather in Minnesota

After a summer in which much of Minnesota was hit by extreme weather, Environment Minnesota today released a new online factsheet that shows the extent of recent extreme temperatures, wildfires and heavy downpours in Minnesota.  Scientists have linked some of the increased extreme weather in recent years to global warming, and have warned that we can expect even more extreme weather in the future unless we cut emissions of the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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Minneapolis eyes way to push utilities to be greener

As Minneapolis pushes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a third by 2025, city leaders are debating what role their franchise agreements with utility companies should play. The agreements, signed in the early 1990s, give Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy space below or along streets, alleys and other public rights of way in exchange for millions of dollars in franchise fees. But the city imposes no renewable energy requirements in the contracts. Minnesota law doesn't allow municipalities to make those conditions in franchise agreements.

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