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Environment

Some new — and old — ideas to protect Minnesota’s resources

Coming off a remarkably successful 2007 legislative session, the Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) is raising the ante with a new lineup of legislative proposals that would go far in restoring Minnesota’s traditional leadership in resources

Your kitty and bullfrogs: deadly predators

According to recent news reports, Twin Cities’ cat lovers are objecting to local rules requiring cats to be leashed or otherwise controlled when outside, citing what they say is tabby’s natural desire to be free of household confinement.

But the o

Another worry: vinyl PVC plastics in children’s toys

Following a report that vinyl PVC plastics in children’s products posed a health risk, Sears Holdings has announced that it will join other retail giants Target, WalMart and Microsoft in phasing out the plastic that’s widely used in toys and packagi

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