Dams across the Midwest are aging, putting them at risk from the effects of climate change
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by Minnesota Public Radio
1d ago
Climate change-enhanced rainfall events threaten nearly 92,000 dams across the U.S. and many are over 100 years old — including dams in Minnesota. Climate reporter Kristoffer Tigue wrote about aging dams and the risk for extreme rainfall for Inside Climate News. Tigue joined MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner to explain how extreme weather events pose a threat to dams in Minnesota and the Midwest. To hear the full conversation, click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the Climate Cast podcast ..read more
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Lakes could help harness large amounts of clean energy from the sun using floating solar panels
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by Minnesota Public Radio
2w ago
Lakes are a part of Minnesota’s Identity.  While the thousands of lakes are cherished for their recreational accessibility across the state, some of those pristine bodies of water could — one day — help generate a vast amount of clean energy through solar power. Matt Simon wrote about floating solar panels for Grist. Simon talked to MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner about floatovoltaics. To hear the full conversation, click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the Climate Cast podcast ..read more
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How do you define clean energy? Minnesota climate group working on answer
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by Minnesota Public Radio
3w ago
Last year, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law requiring the state’s electrical utilities to transition to 100 percent carbon-free energy sources by 2040.  That means replacing power sources that produce carbon dioxide such as coal and natural gas with renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydropower and biomass. But how do you define “carbon-free” and what guidelines will be used to make sure utilities are meeting that standard? “We’re really hoping that carbon-free actually means carbon-free,” said B. Rosas, a policy manager with the advocacy group Climate Generation. Rosas ..read more
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Drought-free, but for how long? How climate change affects dry and wet trends in Minnesota
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by Minnesota Public Radio
1M ago
Recent abundant levels of rainfall across the state have pulled Minnesota out of drought for the first time since June 2022. Will this rainfall pattern continue? And how are Minnesota’s precipitation swings a symptom of climate change?  Kenneth Blumenfeld with the Minnesota State Climatology Office talks about recent rainfall across the state and explains how both dry and wet patterns — sometimes lasting several months — are connected to climate change.  ..read more
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Minnesota launches new e-bike rebate program
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by Minnesota Public Radio
1M ago
Looking to buy a new e-bike? Well, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has a new rebate program to help with the costs. Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bronson from the Department of Revenue talks through details of the program and how to apply ..read more
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Lawmakers pass much needed permitting reforms for clean energy projects as session wraps
Climate Cast
by Minnesota Public Radio
1M ago
The 2024 Minnesota Legislature session is a wrap. So, what got done this year with climate progress in Minnesota? Walker Orenstein is a reporter for the Star Tribune. He says the changes to the permitting process for clean energy projects passed by lawmakers is a major step forward ..read more
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The impact of building codes on climate change
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by Minnesota Public Radio
2M ago
Heating and cooling our homes and buildings in Minnesota contribute about 40 percent of our state’s greenhouse gas emissions. What opportunity exists to reduce our carbon footprint by updating our building codes? MPR News correspondent Dan Kraker wrote about that recently and shared his key takeaways ..read more
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A U of M scientist is using leaf glow to better track climate change
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by Minnesota Public Radio
2M ago
A scientist at the University of Minnesota may have found a better way to track the effects of climate change on Arctic and boreal regions like northern Minnesota where temperatures are rising at some of the fastest rates in the world. Rui Cheng, a professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota, is behind the research on using leaf glow to monitor vegetation dynamics. While not visible under natural light, leaf glow can be detected using remote sensing and can provide important information about the health of Arctic-boreal ecosystems. Ch ..read more
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Report shows Minnesota is leading the way in clean energy transition
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by Minnesota Public Radio
2M ago
Renewable energy sources provided 33 percent of Minnesota’s electricity last year, which is 10 percent higher than the national average according to a new report. So, what’s next for Minnesota’s clean energy transition? Amelia Cerling Hennes, managing director of public affairs for Clean Energy Economy MN, shared more about the state’s clean energy progress ..read more
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CNN chief climate correspondent on finding hope in a world of climate change
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by Minnesota Public Radio
2M ago
“I’m sorry we broke the sea and sky and shortened the wings of the nightingale. I’m sorry that the Great Barrier Reef is no longer great, that we value Amazon much more than the Amazon.” Those are the words of CNN’s chief climate correspondent Bill Weir from his new book called “Life as We Know It (Can Be).” He wrote it as a letter to his 4-year-old son River to read in the future. It’s a future where he hopes we’ve fixed our broken climate. Bill Weir, who began his career in Austin, shared more about the book on this week’s Climate Cast ..read more
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