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MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner with the latest research on our changing climate.

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MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner with the latest research on our changing climate.

    Lawmakers pass much needed permitting reforms for clean energy projects as session wraps

    Lawmakers pass much needed permitting reforms for clean energy projects as session wraps

    The 2024 Minnesota Legislature session is a wrap. So, what got done this year with climate progress in Minnesota?

    Walker Orenstein is a reporter for the Star Tribune. He says the changes to the permitting process for clean energy projects passed by lawmakers is a major step forward.

    • 4 min
    The impact of building codes on climate change

    The impact of building codes on climate change

    Heating and cooling our homes and buildings in Minnesota contribute about 40 percent of our state’s greenhouse gas emissions. What opportunity exists to reduce our carbon footprint by updating our building codes?

    MPR News correspondent Dan Kraker wrote about that recently and shared his key takeaways.

    • 4 min
    A U of M scientist is using leaf glow to better track climate change

    A U of M scientist is using leaf glow to better track climate change

    A scientist at the University of Minnesota may have found a better way to track the effects of climate change on Arctic and boreal regions like northern Minnesota where temperatures are rising at some of the fastest rates in the world.

    Rui Cheng, a professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota, is behind the research on using leaf glow to monitor vegetation dynamics.

    While not visible under natural light, leaf glow can be detected using remote sensing and can provide important information about the health of Arctic-boreal ecosystems.

    Cheng shared more about the research on this week’s Climate Cast.

    • 4 min
    Report shows Minnesota is leading the way in clean energy transition

    Report shows Minnesota is leading the way in clean energy transition

    Renewable energy sources provided 33 percent of Minnesota’s electricity last year, which is 10 percent higher than the national average according to a new report.

    So, what’s next for Minnesota’s clean energy transition?

    Amelia Cerling Hennes, managing director of public affairs for Clean Energy Economy MN, shared more about the state’s clean energy progress.

    • 5 min
    CNN chief climate correspondent on finding hope in a world of climate change

    CNN chief climate correspondent on finding hope in a world of climate change

    “I’m sorry we broke the sea and sky and shortened the wings of the nightingale. I’m sorry that the Great Barrier Reef is no longer great, that we value Amazon much more than the Amazon.”

    Those are the words of CNN’s chief climate correspondent Bill Weir from his new book called “Life as We Know It (Can Be).” He wrote it as a letter to his 4-year-old son River to read in the future.

    It’s a future where he hopes we’ve fixed our broken climate.

    Bill Weir, who began his career in Austin, shared more about the book on this week’s Climate Cast.

    • 4 min
    As hurricanes get more powerful, some scientists suggest a new category six

    As hurricanes get more powerful, some scientists suggest a new category six

    Hurricanes are getting so strong that some scientists say we should add a Category 6 to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

    That’s out of a recent study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looking at the link between stronger hurricanes and climate change.

    Senior Climate Reporter Andrew Freedman wrote about it for Axios.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Musing by Me ,

Climate matters

Plus: your broadcast, points to the effects of CC locally with great effect. Negative: your broadcast, fails miserably at pointing fingers at the causes of CC. My quote: “fossil fuels are our destruction”! Neutral: people want/need hope. I grew up knowing our world would end in nuclear winter. Now I “believe” our end is a CO2 summer. I was wrong the first time; let’s keep our fingers crossed! I recommend a podcast called “Drilled”. Because!

cjtannu ,

Great podcast

Thanks for the variety of content

Caran Quinn ,

My Favorite Climate Podcast

Excellent topics. Impactful, but brief. Always interesting guests who leave an imprint and reinforce what I’m doing to reduce CO2. Thanks for all that you do!

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