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Scientists have known for years that Lake Superior and other Great Lakes have warmed rapidly in recent decades and now, for the first time, they have documented the first physical...
Human-caused climate change from greenhouse gases is warming soils so much they are releasing their own carbon, creating a cascading effect that will speed up global warming. That's the finding by a major new study published this week in the journal Nature. The study found that rising temperatures will drive the loss of at least 55 trillion kilograms of carbon from the soil by mid-century, adding an additional 17 percent on top of the already projected greenhouse gas emissions due to human-related activities during that period.
Duluth saw its second-warmest November on record and its third-warmest fall, continuing a warm trend that has blanketed the Northland for months. The National Weather Service in Duluth reported November finished with a preliminary average temperature of 40.3 degrees, just behind 40.6 in 1899 and just ahead of 39.5 degrees in 2001. Meteorological fall — September, October, November — averaged 49.3 degrees, just behind 49.8 in 1963 and 49.5 in 1931. Some 79 of those 91 days saw above-normal temperatures.
The International Joint Commission on Wednesday advised the governments of Canada and the United States to take strong action on toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers that have accumulated across the Great Lakes. The flame retardants have been used for decades in products to reduce the risk of fire and now have accumulated in the Great Lakes at levels that could be harmful to human health, the IJC notes.
The St. Louis County Board will hold two public meetings on the county's proposed 2017 budget and tax levy. That proposed levy includes an 8.5 percent increase, although most property owners should see a smaller hike in their taxes thanks to growth in real estate value county-wide. The meetings are set for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the lower-level conference room at the Virginia Courthouse, and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the County Board room on the second floor of the Duluth Courthouse.
A new public opinion poll appears to show strong support among Northeastern Minnesota residents for proposed copper mining in the region. The poll, conducted Nov. 12-14 and paid for by...
The environmental group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness has asked a federal judge to let them intervene in a lawsuit that could decide mineral leases under the proposed Twin Metals copper mine near Ely. The group filed Tuesday in federal district court in St. Paul asking to intervene in the suit filed by Twin Metals against the U.S. Department of the Interior. Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness also filed notice that it plans to ask that the case be dismissed, although that can't happen until the first hearing scheduled in the suit on April 28.
Lutsen Mountains ski area on Minnesota's North Shore will open for downhill skiing on Thursday, and several cross-country ski areas are open thanks to ample November snowfall. Relatively warm weather is keeping some downhill ski areas from making snow, but Lutsen has enough snow to have some runs open for Thanksgiving. Lift tickets and gondola rides are free on Black Friday, the ski area noted.
Snow and freezing rain could hamper travel across much of Minnesota and Wisconsin today and Wednesday, although accumulations are not expected to be heavy. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of Minnesota and northern Wisconsin — including the Twin Ports — through Wednesday afternoon, with freezing rain already occurring in southern Minnesota this morning.
St. Louis County commissioners Tuesday are poised to hire a new probation officer dedicated to criminal offenders enrolled in mental health court. An average of 60 people each year, each...