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skiing at Afton Alps today

I just took quick notice of the fact that my climate change-related posts increase dramatically each winter as the warming of the planet is felt here in Minneapolis more than other places in the country. They tell us that it is a “brown” Christmas about 30% of the time for as long as records were […]

The PolyMet Mine is a disaster waiting to happen

Well, it’s the eve of the election. The PolyMet mine is a good example of what is at stake. Strong environmental regulations, or whatever you would call what this administration has done. This opinion article in MinnPost today – Two years after the much-litigated PolyMet permits were issued, some facts aren’t in dispute – is […]

The Last Ice Palace

Was just discussing with Doug how if you’ve lived in Minneapolis for the past 40 years, you believe climate change is happening. Saint Paul’s lakes will never freeze thickly and quickly again. People will never harvest blocks of ice, never again build a fantastic palace of frozen water. A tradition that’s as old as anything […]

Our kids

This land is your land, this land is my land… President Donald Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah on Monday by some two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history. Source: Trump Slashes Size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments – The New […]

So, What Can I Do?

Great post here on the topic of changes you can make in your own lives. A lot of people ask me how they can live more sustainably, and help combat global environmental issues like climate change in their own lives. Here’s my advice. Knowing that people are very busy, and most don’t really want long, complicated […]


(No hard frost yet.) We watched Before the Flood on friday night. Leonardo Di Caprio’s new movie on climate change. It contains some powerful imagery of the effects of climate change that are happening right now. To see the tar sands in alberta or a mountaintop removal in west virgina is staggering. How can I […]

It’s more than climate change

Reducing humanity’s carbon pollution will certainly be logistically difficult, but its roots are essentially blameless – by the time climate change was a problem, nations had built their economies on cheap fossil fuel – and conceptually simple: pollute less. It’s comforting to think that, if humanity can fix Earth’s climate, nature’s problems will be also […]