News Release | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

April Showers Bring Farm Runoff

With the first full month of spring upon us, Minnesotans are eagerly awaiting the continued melting of snow and the thawing of our lakes and rivers. But before diving in or casting out, we need to assess the quality of our state’s water bodies. Because April showers don’t just bring May flowers, they also bring excessive amounts of agricultural runoff and other farm-related pollution.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 51% of Minnesota’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon Pollution in Minnesota

As public concern about extreme weather grows, Minnesota is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. Clean energy policies, such as Minnesota’s renewable energy standard, are already significantly cutting emissions of carbon pollution — the leading cause of global warming — according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report, Moving America Forward, showed that Minnesota’s renewable energy standard reduced carbon pollution by at least 3.24 million metric tons in 2012. That is comparable to the annual emissions from 675,000 cars. 

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Statement on close of public comment period for PolyMet mine plan

The public comment period closes today at 4:30 p.m. for the environmental impact study of PolyMet's proposed sulfide mine in northern Minnesota. If approved, it would be the first of its kind in the state. Companies are already exploring and test drilling across northern Minnesota for possible copper and nickel mines and have proposed mines in the Lake Superior basin, in the Superior National Forest, and near the Boundary Waters wilderness.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Global Warming has Winter Games Skating on Thin Ice

Minneapolis, MN - As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment Minnesota revealed a summary of global warming impacts on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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