Environmental Issues and Protection

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Dine for Climate Dinner Series Launches Its Earth-Saving Mission

    Want to enjoy a hearty meal this winter while sticking it to that Weather Channel founder who doesn't believe in climate change? See also: Will Steger's castle in the clouds: The world's greatest Arctic explorer unveils his greatest challenge yet

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    October 22, 2014

    Will Mining Save or Destroy Northern Minnesota?

    As he leaves a small cafe in Ely, Gerald Tyler approaches two middle-aged women and whispers a joke. They smile politely. He walks gingerly, a leftover cost from his years in the military. In a patterned sweater that appears to have 30 years of mileage on it, he appears more the goofy grandfather t ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014
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    June 12, 2014

    Baby food as haute cuisine? Taste for yourself this Friday

    Food trucks are known for inventing unique flavor concoctions, especially in Minnesota, where the warm months bring out State Fair favorites like camel burgers and fried lamb testicles. But despite our familiarity with bizarre ingredients, baby food never struck us as a suitable focal point for food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Someone put a deer carcass in their single-sort recycling bin

    From the "burying the lede" file:This morning, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader published a story entitled, "Too much trash is going into recycling bins, garbage handlers say." Whatever. But 13 paragraphs deep is this Weird Wisconsin-worthy passage:

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Paul Doffing: I do not tour by bicycle to make an example of myself

    By making his own way in music Paul Doffing writes and moves at his own pace -- that pace set by his bicycle. In the summer of 2012, Paul toured the country by biking to gigs and came back a changed man. Set to release his latest album, Doffing shares in his music stories from the road and his strug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Jeff Dubay outs himself as a global warming denier

    On the 1500 ESPN radio show he co-hosts with Judd Zulgad, Jeff Dubay today outed himself as a global warming denier.Dubay and Zulgad were discussing the weather forecast with KSTP meteorologist Patrick Hammer when Hammer noted the contrast between the weather during the 2009 State Fair -- temps were ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2012

    Minneapolis is the new NYC

    Climate change might change the city's demographics

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Climate change could make Mpls the new NYC, says The Economist [VIDEO]

    If we survive tomorrow's Mayan apocalypse, we may have to start contending with a more insidious doom: rising oceans. But one way to offset at least the financial punch of climate change, says The Economist's economic correspondent, Ryan Avent, is for people to start migrating. Specifically, migrati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Tiny Diner, Kim Bartmann's new restaurant, is taking shape

    Prolific restaurateur Kim Bartmann, whose hip neighborhood locales include Bryant-Lake Bowl, Cafe Barbette, and Red Stag Supper Club, among others, is moving ahead with another new venture.  Her new restaurant will be green, not unlike Red Stag (which was the first LEED-certified restaurant in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Summit Backyard Bash is Saturday

    Last year Summit Brewing Company celebrated 25 years of beer with a blowout in the brewery's backyard. This year they turn 26. Seems like a good excuse to throw another party. And party is just what the folks at Summit plan to do. This year's Summit Backyard Bash happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Metrodome collapse: Proof global climate change is a hoax! [VIDEO]

    NASARush Limbaugh knows more about climate science than NASA.​The Earth is warming up. The glaciers are melting. There's no serious debate among climate experts that we're in a pickle. And then the Metrodome goes and collapses in a blizzard. What more proof do you need that global climate ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Zeeboid license plate: The smoking gun in the Birthornot hoax

    Photo: Jessica LussenhopOn the trail of the Zeeboid.​Who is Pete Arnold, the guy who, along with his wife Alisha, launched the website and abortion poll? He's a right wing blogger who goes by the nickname Zeeboid. The name's on the license plate of the blue Neon parked in his Appl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Ron Johnson isn't buying all the global warming hype

    Ron JohnsonIt's going to take a lot more than the scientific community to fool this senate candidate.​These days, pretty much every mainstream scientist out there recognizes the existence of global warming. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for example, cites multiple studies all in ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Om: happy hour of the week

    ​Om 401 North 1st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.1510, website Hours and Details: Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: $2 house red and white wine, rail drinks, and Summit EPA, IPA, and Seasonal. Monday-Thursday, 9-11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: $5 house wine, rail drinks and Summit, EPA, IPA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Jim Oberstar sets House hearings on BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle

    U.S. Air ForceA U.S. Air Force C130 drops oil-dispersing chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico​BP executives and others are going to get an earful from members of Congress tomorrow, when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure opens hearings into the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig ... More >>

  • News

    January 6, 2010

    Steven Levitt on his controversial new book, Super Freakonomics

    Levitt: It's not about partisanship, it's about the truth

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Common Roots ala Harper's Index

    A by-the-numbers look at the Uptown cafe's commitment to sustainability...

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Jesse Ventura turns ace conspiracy theory detective

    Our former governor will delve into nefarious plots behind 9/11, global warming, mind control and more (much, much more...)

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    NRDC accepting nominations for "Growing Green" award

    Environmental group soliciting nominations of national leaders in local and sustainable food.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Boxed water better than bottled

    Say goodbye to these guys. Minnesota's water has gone eco-chic--but you can only buy it in Michigan.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Bottled water is b.s.

    Wait a second--coffers are empty and the state is spending how much on bottled water?

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Fatties cause global warming, disappearing rain forests, extinct animals

    Not only do fat people take up all of your plane seat, smell bad, and ruin your otherwise stellar plane experience, they are now also ruining the world.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    If we had some global warming...

    Thanks to Elmer and Daryl for this, um, interesting music vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2008

    Strib goes green with biodegradable bags

    On Monday, the Star Tribune will become the first major newspaper in the country to use biodegradable pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    Introducing: The George W. Bush Sewage Plant?

    San Francisco may soon rename its wastewater treatment plant in loving memory of W.'s presidency. Also: A contest just for you! With prizes!

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Reporter's Notebook: Artist takes on destructive plant

    You don’t have to be an artist to make a statement. And, you most certainly do not have to spend your time like Jim Proctor, Going Stag

    Kim Bartmann's latest venture updates the supper-club concept for the green era

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions: 1/31

    The latest from last night's blogging. Plus, a local man alleges the worst of wifely behaviors, and we supply pictures of flying sharks eating seals. Honest.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    Rays of Future Present: Solar in Southeast Como

    Powered by the sun, Southeast Como has gone ahead with an initiative that could serve as a model for new alternative energy programs.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2006

    Minnesota by the numbers: Top 20 polluters

    So you want to know what companies are releasing the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2006

    Powerline: Tom DeLay "too liberal"

    Tom DeLay has been called a lot of things in his day, but John Hinderaker--an Apple Valley attorney, conservative pundit and contributor to the popular political blog, Powerline--has broken new ground. In a post prompted by news of the Hammer's impending resignation from Congress, Hinderaker opines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2006

    Instant follow-up: 3M's bluegill problem

    My story in today's City Pages about former Minnesota Pollution Control Agency researcher Fardin Oliaei merits a quick footnote. As the piece relates, Oliaei's 16-year employment at the MPCA came to an end last month--an outcome the scientist attributes to institutional opposition to her effort to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2005

    Minnesota by the numbers: The nation's biggest importer of electricity

    A few weeks ago, Ken Bradley was poking around one of the more obscure corners of the Department of Energy website when he came across an eye-popping table. Minnesota, Bradley discovered after scrolling through the chart, is the United State's single biggest importer of electricity.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2005

    Pawlenty's Suburban myth

    Pawlenty said the soaring gas prices and dependency on fossil fuels forced him to make the switch to an SUV th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2005

    Very bad news, a handy digest

    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: Rita crosses Florida keys, heads for Gulf Coast The Independent (UK): Global warming "past the point of no return." Reuters: WHO: World has slim chance to stop flu pandemic

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2005

    Survival of the richest

    Who needs a disaster plan when you've got a free-market economy!? The Center for the American Experiment, the conservative Minnesota think tank that spawned Strib columnist Katherine Kersten and Powerline's Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker, among others, has an archived piece on global warming th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2005

    Don't drink the water. Don't even swim in it.

    Ewww Coli closes city beach E. Coli has spiked at the Lake Calhoun beach at 32nd Street, reaching a level of 855 on Monday. The EPA thinks any reading over 235 is nasty, so this seems a particularly proud accomplishment. All this info comes from the Minneapolis Park and Rec board web site, and it ap ... More >>

  • Books

    March 15, 2000

    Cyanide Pact

    The Minneapolis river terminal agrees to clean up its poison salt piles

  • News

    April 29, 1998

    Tilting at Highways

    War against the planned Hiawatha Avenue extension is being waged on several fronts--but it's an uphill battle.

  • News

    January 14, 1998
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    November 26, 1997

    Dust in the Wind

    The cost of clean electricity, environmentalists say, should be borne by all Minnesota ratepayers, not just ecologically minded customers who can afford the premium.

  • Books

    November 26, 1997
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    December 11, 1996

    Trash Talk


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    August 14, 1996
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    July 24, 1996
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    July 3, 1996

    Clang and Blame

    City Council member Joe Biernat's trip to England heats up an old battle over a giant metal shredder slated for north Minneapolis.

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    May 15, 1996
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    March 27, 1996
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    December 13, 1995
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