The National Weather Service announced Friday that the 18.91 inches of rain that fell in Northern Minnesota late summer and early fall surpassed the previous high record set for that State in the year 1900. It's wonderful news. Looks better in
A group of farmers is calling out for what it has dubbed "agricultural justice." And to bring the international fair-trade movement—the same one that lobbies for worker equity and sustainability across the globe—home to the
The generation that created the first Earth Day may not be ready for assisted living and senior centers. As that day comes for seniors in northern US states, however, winter comfort will, as in this example, sometimes be maintained by petro-diesel
3M has announced the availability of their new Wind Tapes 8608 and 8609 for the wind energy market. Wind Tapes are adhesive-backed polyurethane tapes that are "placed on the leading edge of wind turbine blade to reduce damage caused by sand, rain,
While the tragedy of the exploding New York City steam pipe is still on the news, this would be a good time to point out an example of the environmental benefits of below-ground urban steam use. Back in May it was reported that in the City of Duluth
Reports about a rapidly dropping Lake Superior, probably the most beautiful and certainly the largest of all the Great Lakes, (max depth = 1,330 feet), are showing up all over. You'd think the print media were on a "hunt-for-signs-of-global-warming."
A $200 million dollar, 55 megawatt power plant will soon begin full scale production burning turkey litter, a combination of droppings, wood chips, seed hulls, shed feathers and spilled feed, to generate enough power for 50,000 homes. It used to be
Over the years I've accumulated enough unsolicited garden catalogs to have insulated a building or two. I call it veggie spam. Order from one outfit, and they sell the mailing list to others, propagating endlessly. Don't want to think about how many
We have shown a few bouncing buoys before, but here is one with a difference: it pumps water. The water can be stored in a reservoir or water tower for storage, so that consistent power can be delivered when required rather that when surf's up.
On Thursday, Minnesota quietly assumed a leadership role in the battle against climate change with the creation of what is arguably the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy standard. The legislation, signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, requires that 25
Our post title comes from the first line of a Buck Owens song verse, penned August 1971, which, we think you will agree, is perfectly fitting to this news item: Via Wisconsin Ag Connection , we learned that the US Department of Agriculture may
Via the Star Tribune , of Minneapolis Minnesota USA, a State Department of Commerce representative has said that plans for a $2 billion coal-gasification plant are "not yet in the public interest." Being 'in the public interest' calls for the
The US State of Minnesota has issued a "comprehensive, quantitative assessment of integration costs and reliability impacts of 1500 MW of wind generation in the Xcel Energy control area in Minnesota in the year 2010, when the peak load is projected to
With 200 solar panels on the roof, Izzy's Ice Cream is the first ice cream shop in the US to be powered by the rays from the sun. This project is set to cut Izzy's peak power demand by 30%, as the 200 panels will generate 8.6 kilowatts of power during
A few months ago we wrote a post about a microfinancing web site called Kiva that does peer-to-peer lending over the internet. Kiva got a lot of publicity, and the owners said it was a tremendous help in raising money to fund entrepreneurs in
Some years ago, Seacourt Press say they came to a "sudden and shocking realisation" surrounding the environmental impact of the printing industry, and thus "an immediate shift in policy was set in motion". And they've sure been busy shifting