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. Many of the places profiled in this report are ecologically sensitive, pristine areas; all are beloved state treasures that provide extensive recreational opportunities.

Report | Solar Works for Minnesota

Solar Power for Minnesota

Powering Minnesota's schools, police and fire stations, and other public buildings with solar: A report prepared for the Solar Works for Minnesota coalition (of which Environment Minnesota is a member) by Christina Mills of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and John Farrell of the Institute for Self-Reliance. The Solar Works for Minnesota coalition is a group of more than 150 businesses, consumers, labor groups, the solar industry and clean energy advocates working collaboratively to promote solar power across Minnesota. 

Report | Environment Minnesota

Summer on the Road: Going Farther on a Gallon of Gas

As Minnesotans get ready for summer road trips, an Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center report finds that cleaner, more fuel efficient cars would significantly slash oil consumption and global warming pollution across the state. The report, Summer on the Road: Going Farther on a Gallon of Gas, was released as the Obama administration is on the verge of finalizing fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks that achieve a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025. 

Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Wasting our Waterways 2012

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health.

Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm: Global Warming, Extreme Weather, and the Impacts of Weather-Related Disasters in the United States

Weather disasters kill or injure hundreds of Americans each year and cause billions of dollars in economic damage. The risks posed by some types of weather-related disasters will likely increase in a warming world. Scientists have already detected increases in extreme precipitation events and heat waves in the United States, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently concluded that global warming will likely lead to further changes in weather extremes.

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