Spring cleaning season is right around the corner. Stay green when you clean: learn about household hazardous waste — found in many household products — and ways to reduce it while keeping your home safe and clean. What is household hazardous waste? Some products we have in our homes contain hazardous materials that can harm our health or the environment if not disposed … [Read more...]
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It's quite a process to get delicious maple syrup from the tree to your table each spring. Come to a maple syruping event and check it out for yourself. You'll enjoy some hands-on experience, and we know you'll enjoy your sample of the fresh syrup! When does the sap run? Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid 40s and overnight … [Read more...]
Unless you only buy foods that are certified organic or marked as “GMO-free,” odds are that a great deal of the food you eat contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But are you risking your health and damaging the environment by eating GMOs? Not according to Monsanto, the agricultural biotechnology company that is a leading producer of GM seed. Monsanto contends that … [Read more...]
A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) internal review has found inconsistent — and in some cases inadequate — procedures associated with the handling of some drinking water samples by its Environmental Health Division. Based on this finding, MDH has moved to immediately strengthen and standardize the procedures, and to conduct additional testing as needed to ensure accurate … [Read more...]
Report says Wells Fargo, US Bank invest billions in most damaging fossil fuels On January 26 at 10:15 am, 25 members of local climate change activist group MN350 entered the lobby of US Bank at the corner of Hennepin and University, chanting “US Bank, do some good, get Enbridge out of our neighborhood.” Community members then unveiled a river labeled Kalamazoo, Flint and … [Read more...]
Projects will create or retain 2,322 jobs ST. PAUL — Redevelopment projects that will create or retain 2,322 jobs have been approved for investigation and cleanup funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED awarded $6.2 million from its Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program for 14 projects in the state. The … [Read more...]
On December 12, 2015, 195 countries assembled at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris produced a 32-page agreement outlining goals to phase out industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. All countries agreed on “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the … [Read more...]
In this age of smartphones and streaming video, it is easy to forget about the world beyond our little screens. And for the 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas, the natural world can seem even more remote. But experts say it’s important to find the time to disconnect, unplug, and appreciate what nature does for you. Surprisingly, you don’t have to travel outside … [Read more...]