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The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.

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The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is pleased to announce that Carver County has been selected as its partner community for the 2015–2016 academic year. The partnership will bring the expertise of the University and hundreds of graduate and professional students to sustainability-related projects identified by Carver County and its partners, which include the Carver County Community Development Agency, SouthWest Transit, Independent School District 112, and the Cities of Victoria, Chaska, and Watertown.

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Student-run impact ventures focused on solar-powered microgrids for rural India and environmentally friendly feminine hygiene products have been selected Gold Level winners of the 2015 Acara Challenge, a competition held by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.

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Atacama Desert in Chile: Meybol Garcia sharing her thoughts on the importance of the land.

Bringing global adventure to the classroom

March 3, 2015

Researcher Aaron Doering shares astonishing stories of climate change with millions—including students in classrooms across all 50 states and six continents.

Source: University of Minnesota Foundation

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Replace petroleum with sugar?

March 3, 2015

Invented by Kechun Zhang and colleagues, a biodegradable polyester made from sugar could replace the environmentally damaging petroleum-based materials in common products.

Source: University of Minnesota on YouTube

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The Bell Museum of Natural History has brought together a local artist and University of Minnesota faculty to examine the reality of bird collisions with human-built structures. The exhibit highlights both the tragic loss of individual birds and the scientific analysis of whether this mortality affects overall bird populations.

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This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the premier of Minnesota: A History of the Land, the Emmy Award-winning documentary series produced by the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). The series vividly depicts how the land has shaped the people and how the people have shaped the land as it continues to inspire viewers to consider the future health of Minnesota’s environment.

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Growing global trade is critically important for providing food when and where it’s needed — but it makes it harder to link the benefits of food and the environmental burden of its production.

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Even at historically low natural gas prices, bioenergy may not be out of the running — it just may need a little help from the sun. A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota examining the financial viability of solar-heated biomass gasification technologies that produce a natural gas substitute product concludes that combining these renewable resources can make economic sense.

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Think of the last time you planned a visit to a lake. Why did you choose the lake you did? Did you consider the quality of the water? The answers to these questions are critical to understanding how lake users make decisions about their recreation choices and the value society places on water resources.

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