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Nature’s Lawnmowers

Photo Courtesy of Samuel Geer The release of 30 goats onto the bluffs of Indian Mounds Park was like a red carpet affair.  Their tenders called out the name of each goat as they stepped out of their trailer, only to be met with the excited shrieks of children and the snapping of pictures.  The […]

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Spring Migration at Lake Calhoun

We may live in the city, but nature, though often drowned out, is still there and capable of putting on a show. I live near Lake Calhoun and this is spring migration season. This year the birds are coming through, and in greater numbers than usual. We had an early thaw this year, but normally […]

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Chart of the Day: U.S. Energy Consumption

We haven’t had a Chart of the Day in awhile, so I’m horning in on Bill Lindeke’s gig because I found a good one. This is from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, via David Roberts at vox.com. That might look a little confusing at first, but it’s really not all that bad. Overall, the chart […]

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Map Monday: Noise Maps of Minnesota and the Twin Cities

A while ago I came across an interactive noise map of the globe. Punch in a location and it pops up a map. Zooming out to a state-level seems to remove the noise data, this is a large as I could screen grab. Interesting to see this above noise map rates industrial zoned for consideration […]

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Podcast #95: Energy and Carbon Consensus with Brendan Jordan

This week’s podcast is a conversation with Brendan Jordan, the vice-president of the Great Plains Institute, a Minneapolis-based energy and climate think tank. I sat down with Brendan last week at his office to discuss the political landscape of climate change policy, both locally and nationally. We discussed how to think about climate and energy […]

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Podcast #94: The Future of Renewable Energy Policy with J. Drake Hamilton

This week’s podcast is a conversation with J. Drake Hamilton, a Science Policy Director for Fresh Energy, a Minnesota-based non-profit that works at the intersection of energy and environmental policy. J. and I sat down to talk about what the climate change conversation might look like over the next few years, in a political landscape […]

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Map Monday: World Carbon Prices

Via Carbon Brief, here’s an (interactive) world map showing the price people pay for a pound of CO2 in each nation around the world. The US has a “per-ton of CO2” price of 85 cents, versus $26.21 in Germany or $3.79 in Canada (for example). Note that this is the “effective carbon price,” which is […]

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Chart of the Day: Bicycling Health Benefits at Different Pollution Levels

This chart from the Financial Times is impossible to pass up, showing the health benefits of urban bicycling at different levels of particulate pollution. The article includes a helpful cycling benefits chart generator, where you plug in the current Twin Cities’ PM2.5 air quality measurement and it gives you a cool chart showing the relationship between exercise […]

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Chart of the Day: US CO2 Emissions Trends by Sector

Via Fast Company, here’s a chart showing the national CO2 emissions trends from 1990 to 2014, divided up by sector as a percentage of the whole. As you can see, though emissions relative to each other remain largely stable, there is clear trend where transportation emissions are becoming a larger piece of the pie. Here’s the chart: Charlie […]

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Chart of the Day: Water Use per Crop (Lawn vs Agriculture)

Via Scienceline, here’s a chart showing the amount of acre-feet of water used in a year for different “crops” in the US. It’s a cumulative total, represnting just how much “lawn” there is on the country, versus all the agricultural land. Here you go: You can see that there’s an awful lot of lawn, and its […]

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