Environment

Night Sky

Astronomer Bob King talks meteors, the Orionids, photography, and more

One of our favorite regular guests, Bob King of the Duluth News Tribune, chatted with Dave TerSteeg Oct. 3 about meteors and much more. A lunar eclipse is coming early Wednesday morning, Oct. 8.  You can read Bob's Astrobob blog here


The Lake Superior Project/Logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSProject: Tar Sands Expansion on the Great Lakes

Many of us are unaware of the potential impact the current oil boom may have on our area.


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Minn. & Wisc. Sea Grant programs' award-winning research protects Duluth-Superior harbor infrastructure

Jeff Gunderson, director of Minnesota Sea Grant, spoke with Randy Eastlund Sept. 26 about work they did with  Wisconsin Sea Grant to identify and mitigate corrosion to the port of Duluth-Superior's infrastructure, thereby saving millions of dollars in future repair and replacement costs. You can learn more about the work of Sea Grant here. 


Forest road

MN Forest Resources Council executive director Dave Zumeta & member Shawn Perich explain the council's mission & work

Dick spoke Sept. 12 with Dave Zumeta, executive director of the MN Forest Resources Council, and Shawn Perich, member representing game species management, about the council, what it does, and how it affects our forests and businesses locally. The council is meeting Sept. 17 at North House Folk School in Grand Marais beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. You can learn more about the work of the MN Forest Resources Council here.


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Amy & Dave Freeman paddling to DC to mark 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act

National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Dave & Amy Freeman are starting their next adventure, Paddle to DC, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and raise awareness of threats posed by proposed mining near the BWCAW. They spoke with Dick Aug. 22 about their trip, what they hope to accomplish along the way, and much more. You can follow them here. They'll be in Grand Marais for an event Sept. 2.


Farmland

Expanding agriculture more selectively could produce more food, save more carbon--study from U of MN Institute on the Environment

Dr. Justin Andrew Johnson, an economist with the Natural Capital Project at the Institute on the Environment, spoke with Dick Aug. 22. His latest study shows that by limiting agricultural expansion to certain key global regions, the growing need for food can be met, and more carbon can be preserved that with unguided expansion. Dr. Johnson explained the study and its findings and implications for agriculture and climate change. You can learn more about the Institute here.


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Erin Stojan Ruccolo explains community solar, proposed solar array at Arrowhead Co-op, and more

Dave TerSteeg spoke with Erin Stojan Ruccolo, director of electricity markets for Fresh Energy, about various aspects of generating solar energy in Minnesota, including community solar, setting an actual monetary value for solar, and the solar array that Great River Energy has proposed for the Arrowhead Cooperative site in Lutsen. You can learn more about solar and other renewables here.


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Less materialism makes for happier people...plus it's better for the environment. Psychologist Miriam Tatzel explains.

Dick talked with Dr. Miriam Tatzel, a psychologist at Empire State College in New York, about why true happiness involves personally fulfilling activities and social relationships more than the pursuit of money and possessions...and how this happens to be better for the environment,  too. You can read more about positive psychology and the pursuit of happiness here.


West End News: August 1

April Knight, the adventurous nurse from North Carolina, arrived in York Factory on Hudson Bay on Tuesday, August 5th.  April left Sawbill Lake in Tofte on May 17th


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Field Notes: White-Throated Sparrow, Red-Eyed Vireo and Redstart

Field Notes with Molly Hoffman can be heard every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning between 9 and 9:30.  Support for Field Notes comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritag