Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
December 8, 2014
A project aimed at developing magnets that don’t require the use of rare earth elements captured the $10,000 top prize in a Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) competition held Dec. 4 at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in St. Paul.
December 4, 2014
Minneapolis (December 4, 2014)—As California finally experiences the arrival of a rain-bearing Pineapple Express weather pattern this week, two climate scientists from the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have shown that the drought of 2012-2014 has been the worst in 1,200 years.
November 12, 2014
As cities and incomes increase around the world, so does consumption of refined sugars, refined fats, oils and resource- and land-intense agricultural products such as beef.
November 11, 2014
The outlook for feeding a growing global population in the coming decades may not be as gloomy as some fear, a new study by University of Minnesota researchers says.
November 6, 2014
Plants’ ability to use carbon dioxide as fertilizer and help mitigate the effects of climate change is significantly affected by how much water and soil nutrients are available to the plants, a new study from the University of Minnesota shows.
October 30, 2014
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) is seeking input from the public to help guide its future research. Lakeshore property owners, anglers, watershed district board members and other concerned citizens are encouraged to submit their thoughts on the most pressing research needs for preventing or reversing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) throughout the state.
MyRain, a social business dreamed up by two University of Minnesota alumni while they were students participating in the Institute on the Environment’s Acara impact entrepreneurship program, has been chosen from 520 applicants in 90 countries as a Round 1 nominee for Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge Development.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation has announced the beginning of the public phase of an ambitious five-year $60 million “Building a More Beautiful Future” fundraising campaign, aimed at transforming the public garden and education and research center into a life-changing destination for horticultural discovery and environmental learning to serve generations to come.
September 17, 2014
How much do trees vary in the way they suck carbon dioxide from the air and use it to make roots, trunks, branches and leaves? The answer to that question is an important one because it has a huge impact on our ability to predict how destroying or creating forests influences climate change.