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Surprise! Climate change is real

Why Minnesota communities of color should take action
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Karen Monahan and Nikki Silverstri

Guest Commentators

 

This week, the White House released the National Climate Assessment (NCA) — a federal analysis that finds what we know to be true. Climate change is real. It is damaging neighborhoods across the country. Minnesota is feeling the impact. During the heat wave of July 2011, the Twin Cities experienced an all-time high dew point of 82°F that when combined with an air temperature of 95°F created a heat index of nearly 119°F! Continue Reading →

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A Fierce Green Fire details the history of the environmental movement

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

A toxic waste landfill in Warren County, North Carolina, a predominantly Black community that “galvanized the nation to talk about environmental racism,” was among the toxic dump sites featured in a recent PBS documentary on the environmental movement, which started in the 1960s. “A Fierce Green Fire” premiered nationally on April 22 on PBS as part of the network’s American Masters series. The one-hour film was inspired by the book of the same name by environmental journalist Philip Shabecoff, who’s also featured in the documentary. “You could say this was the biggest movement the world has ever seen,” said Oscar-nominated director Mark Kitchell, who wrote, produced and directed the film, in a recent MSR phone interview. “I really wanted to be the first to put it all together” on film, he added. Continue Reading →

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Report estimates job growth in water treatment — Most jobs require less than a two-year degree

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff writer

 

Water is essential as both a source of energy production as well as a through treatment and distribution. According to a 2011 Green for All report, water shortages in the next five years are predicted in at least 36 U.S. states. And each year 250,000 water mains break in this country due to crumbling water infrastructure, which costs an estimated $2.6 billion dollars annually and wastes almost two trillion gallons of water. Also, 20 million Americans get sick each year from drinking contaminated water due to untreated waste, and clean drinking water supplies “are at risk of contamination and creeping privatization.” Improving America’s water infrastructure include addressing specific problems such as “polluted runoff,” continues the report. This water flows into gutters from roofs or from concrete surfaces that prevent rainwater from going into the ground and instead goes into sewer systems or directly back into rivers, lakes and streams. It also can accumulate pollutants such as oil and salts. Continue Reading →

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