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Environment

Eating + Ecology = Locavore

The word “locavore,” which at first listen sounds like the name of a prescription drug, is the New Oxford American Dictionary 2007 word of the year.

Life just got better for Canada lynx in Minnesota

Canada lynx living in Minnesota — or at least paying a visit from time to time — got some good news this week.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a controversial ruling on habitat protection for the cat.

Rising gas prices lure drivers to diesels

The light-weight hybrid — especially Toyota’s Prius and Honda’s Civic — remains the popular choice of environmentally-aware car buyers, pushing annual hybrid sales to 345,000 (up 35 percent over 2006) and often leaving customers waiting for months f

What’s better than a hole in one? Buttercup pennywort

Victoria Ranua, a botanist for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, was performing a rather routine plant survey when she discovered a species never before seen in Minnesota: the buttercup pennywort.

Beware of this fishy health study

When two little-known groups in Washington, D.C., announced recently that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers could safely eat more fish, mercury content aside — more seafood than the federal government and most states recommend — a few eyebrows were