Book update reflects climate change impact on Minnesota

After 25 years of rapid climate change, "Minnesota's Natural Heritage" needed an update. The second edition is out this month.

New book charts changing tactics of fossil fuel lobby

Renowned climate scientist Michael Mann looks at the tactics fossil fuel interests are using to slow broad policy shifts that are our surest bet to "take back our planet."

What to expect from NOAA under the Biden administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's focus on weather forecasting and climate science is likely to be a high priority under President-elect Joe Biden

Despite La Niña, 2020 could be hottest year on record

La Niña weather patterns are supposed to bring cooler weather. But 2020 could become the hottest on record despite in being a La Niña year.

A record year for wind turbine shipments through Duluth

Ships carried more than half a million tons of wind energy cargo through the Port of Duluth this year, setting a record and signaling opportunity for Minnesota's economy and environment.

Rough 2020 hurricane season 'a preview of the future'

Warmer oceans from climate change drove a new breed of supercharged hurricanes — and a lot of them — this year.

The art of science communication

This year's winner of the American Geophysical Union's Climate Communication Prize says scientists have a responsibility to clearly communicate their research with the public paying for it.

What GOP Senate could mean for Biden's climate agenda

A former Republican Congressman says there's agreement on clean energy and green jobs. He's urging President-elect Joe Biden to focus on "durable" bipartisan legislation over executive orders that could be overturned.

New maps show more Upper Midwest homes in flood zones

Just because a home isn't in FEMA's 100-year flood zone doesn't mean it isn't susceptible to a 100-year flood.

Climate change puts hundreds of Superfund sites at risk

The federal government says 945 Superfund sites are vulnerable to climate change-fueled floods, storms and fires, putting nearby communities at risk of contamination.

Can shorter climate plans net quicker change?

In a world of 20- and 30-year climate action plans, Red Wing, Minn., has just adopted a five-year plan.

Climate change is affecting flower pigments

A new study in the journal Current Biology shows climate change is contributing to changes in flower pigmentation. Clemson University researchers used flower pressings dating back to the 1940s to study how their ultraviolet pigmentation, which is invisible to the human eye but can be captured through UV photography, has changed over time. They found that higher temperatures and ozone depletion correlated with pigment increases and decreases, depending on the species.

Ocean stratification and what it means for weather

Oceans are becoming more stratified, and that could have grave consequences for the health of marine animals and humans alike.

Next generation nuclear is a step closer to market

The federal government recently approved a new kind of nuclear reactor that's smaller, cheaper and could be one the final pieces of the carbon-free puzzle.

A degree warmer, a fire career changed

This year's historic fire season in the west has made the link between climate change and more intense and frequent wildfires abundantly clear. For firefighter Don Whittemore, it was a close call with a fireball in 2006.

Carmakers rev up electric truck, SUV production

Nearly half of all vehicles sold in the United States are sport utility vehicles, and the International Energy Agency reports they're second-largest contributor to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the last decade. But a new wave of electric SUVs and pickup trucks is on the horizon.

There's a push to name and rank heat waves

We've named hurricanes for decades and The Weather Channel names winter storms. Now one group wants to name heat waves to boost awareness about their growing impact.

Minnesota's boreal forest is a climate change hot spot

Northern Minnesota is warming twice as fast as most other parts of the United States, and that's beginning to change the makeup of forests there.

Can the Midwest expect more derechos?

Climate change is expected to increase the number of hot, humid days in the Midwest. But will the heat and humidity, which are key components of derechos, translate into more of the destructive windstorms?

Changing of the guard in Minn. climate research

Scientist Heidi Roop is replacing Mark Seeley at the University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.

Big Oil pivots to renewables, but will it last?

The coronavirus outbreak is costing big oil big billions, causing some oil companies to invest in renewable energy.

Great Lakes temperatures breaking records

Water temperatures in the Great Lakes have been trending upward for decades, but this summer has brought temperatures near 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Climate change is hastening lakeshore erosion

Wetter, warmer weather brought about by climate change appears to be hastening lakeshore erosion, and it's putting some cabins precariously close to the water's edge.

Climate change is hastening lakeshore erosion

COVID-19 is increasing carbon-emitting medical waste

A lot of waste produced by hospitals has to be burned. The incinerators used to do that emit more carbon dioxide per megawatt hour than coal power plants.