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The energy behind daylight saving time

While daylight saving time (which starts Sunday at 2 a.m.) is popular as an extension of light so that summer days may be more fully enjoyed, the rite of adjusting clocks in spring and fall was mostly influenced by energy savings.

DNR asks for advice — but does it listen?

A recent decision by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to allow large “platform” docks in public waters fronting Minnesota lake cabins has brought on a lot more than a chorus of concern that room-size docks would change the aesthetics and bi

Here’s your chance to be a phenologist

Minnesotans who can tell a dandelion from a lilac or even a Western serviceberry from a Kinnikinnick can participate in a national study designed to help document climate change.

Greenbacks for green businesses

Recent headlines about Clorox’s purchase of the environmentally friendly company Burt’s Bees, which makes lip balm, lotions and soaps, illustrate economic trends in the organic/natural product industry.

Burning the environment

There was a time, 50 years ago, when every farm — every farm — had a corn crib. And a windmill. And a weathervane. And a ditch full of junk. And a bunch of other stuff you don’t see much of anymore.Except for burn barrels or fire pits.

What are the green issues at the Legislature?

What a difference a decade makes.   Back then, “only a few around here seemed to care,” said state Sen. Ellen Anderson, but now legislators ask to carry environment and energy bills. The St.

DNR considers extending ban on lead shot

Most pheasant hunters in Minnesota will need to replenish their shell bags and game vests with nontoxic shot in the next three years if a new proposal by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) becomes law.The DNR is seeking a ban on lead shotgun

Is your weather ‘seat belt’ still buckled?

Recently we’ve had some pretty big swings in temperatures. Cooler than average water temperature in the tropical Pacific signifies a year with “La Nina.” So why is that important to all of us?

Toxic dangers in plastic baby bottles

And now, it seems, toxins are leaching from plastic baby bottles into the infant’s formula.   In the latest assault on plastics widely used in consumer products, a coalition of advocacy groups says that heating plastic baby bottles releases harmful

Meet Minnesota’s most prolific environmental writer

John Helland may be Minnesota’s most prolific environmental writer — yet you may have not read a single sentence of his.Helland retired recently from the Minnesota Legislature, where he had a hand in writing every major (and most of the minor) piec

Are ethanol plants draining the state’s water resources?

The insatiable thirst of corn ethanol plants springing up in Minnesota’s countryside has state officials and a few key legislators wondering about the effects on ground water supplies in areas where there’s scant information about the resource.

Grow your own tomatoes, carrots and … fiber optic cable

This is not your grandmother’s garden: A scientist at the University of Minnesota, working with a multi-national team, has discovered a more environmentally friendly way to grow filaments for electronic devices.