The problem: increased greenhouse gas emissions Like windows in a greenhouse, carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere traps the sun's heat and insulates the planet. Minnesota's carbon dioxide emissions have increased 37 percent over the past 20 years, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are warming the … [Read more...]
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When consumers organize, companies change. While we are playing a lot of defense in the public sector, consumers and advocates are winning big in the private sector as a result of market campaigns. Market campaigns leverage consumer power to win changes in corporate policies and practices. Clean Water Action is part of several national market campaigns, such as Mind the … [Read more...]
The City of Minneapolis is drafting a “zero-waste” plan. In 2015, the City Council established a goal to recycle and compost 50 percent of its citywide waste by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030 — a “zero percent” growth in the city’s total waste stream. “I think ‘zero waste’ is a fairly new topic; it doesn’t have a true definition as yet,” said Halston Sleets, the City’s … [Read more...]
Coal use losing ground During the picture perfect summer weekend of September 9-10, along the bank of the of the Mississippi at St. Paul’s Harriet Island Park, it was hard to imagine that at the opposite end of the country southerners were dealing with a hurricane and storm crisis. At the 28th Annual Energy Fair, sponsored by Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), … [Read more...]
We are bombarded with ads to buy the newer, better, or prestigious item. The hidden costs of the new stuff are often hidden, however, and our buying decisions impact the systems we rely upon. So before you buy something new, think first if a used item would do the trick instead. There are many benefits to shopping for used items. Buying used can save time. While at first … [Read more...]