Earth Journal aims to clarify environmental issues in the news, lend proportion and perspective to competing claims, and engage MinnPost readers in exploring subjects that lie beyond the headlines — with a special emphasis on solutions to environmental challenges.
The lake and its shoreline communities are experiencing a series of climate impacts that run queasily parallel to the problems of saltwater coasts that have become familiar in recent decades.
A principal researcher says he worries about commercial beekeepers, not their honeybees, disappearing if trends continue.
Great recent reads on disrupted river transport nationwide, a long history of trying to make the Mississippi behave, and the ongoing crisis in getting barges through New Orleans.
The driver is industrial use, like mining and logging, and the pace of lifting protections is accelerating.
The world is off-track for long-term sustainability, and maybe for meeting short-term demand growth as well.
Fine particulates are linked to cataracts; also, they may travel directly from nose to brain, bypassing lungs.
If you’re planning to visit Sequoia this summer, best check for smog alerts; on many days the ozone is as bad as L.A.’s.
The 10,000 residents of Reserve, Louisiana, have a pollution-driven cancer risk 50 times the U.S. average, and little reason to think the EPA will help them.
Contrary to what you may have heard, Minnesota’s Environmental Quality Board requires full environmental impact statements for only a handful of projects each year.
Arctic temperatures have risen more than twice as much as the Northern Hemisphere overall — in winter, nearly three times as much.
A pair of fungi are implicated in 501 species declines, exceeding the havoc caused by rats — and house cats.
Andrew Reeves’ “Overrun” demonstrates convincingly how this crisis, decades in the making, was no unforeseeable convergence of accidents and errors.
Also: Why unfunded cleanup costs are a virtual certainty in mining for copper, nickel and other metals.
The study finds an overall decline in sustainable fish catch of 4.1 percent worldwide. It represents an annual loss in seafood production of about 1.4 million metric tons, or a bit over 3 billion pounds.
The total of civil penalties collected from polluters “was the lowest in both actual and inflation-adjusted dollars since at least 1994.”
Our collective choices undermine security, too: Of 6,000 plant species cultivated for food, just nine account for two-thirds of global crop production.
The White House is expected to give its blessing to what, by general agreement of the environmental commentariat, is the most extensive advance in protecting public lands and waters for at least 10 years.
Thomas L. Friedman gets credit for coining the term in 2007, but others were thinking along these lines still earlier.
An example of the coming unpredictability is Madison’s iconic Lake Mendota, where ice used to form early and last all season; this winter it has reopened and refrozen twice so far.
The same protein that makes bugs’ blood blue can break down the main barrier to making cheap, clean energy from woody biomass.