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Climate Cast

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

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Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

An important message from RadioPublic

Climate scientist Michael Mann wins defamation lawsuit against conservative bloggers

February 22nd, 2024

4:26

Well-known climate scientist Michael Mann recently won a million-dollar lawsuit against conservative bloggers.


Mann alleged that he was defamed by the …

Super current El Niño and climate change hit the Galapagos Islands

February 16th, 2024

4:52

Locals in the Galapagos say climate change and the current Super El Niño could be affecting the marine life and climate there.


The Galapagos Islands …

New ‘green bank’ for climate projects set to launch this year

February 8th, 2024

4:19

Minnesota’s first-ever “green bank” launches this year. The Minnesota Climate Innovation Finance Authority will distribute funding for green energy and other climate-friendly projects. The first projects from the $45 …

Report pushes for more EPA regulations of carbon capture projects

February 1st, 2024

4:46

A proposed carbon capture pipeline across the Midwest by Summit Carbon Solutions is awaiting approval from Iowa and other states. Minnesota approved …

Take a tour of a fully electric and energy efficient home

January 18th, 2024

5:38

Minnesota officials have set an ambitious goal for the state to be carbon-neutral by 2050.


And our Getting to Green series has been digging deep into stories of the clean energy transition. What opportunities and …

Northfield's new housing development tackles homelessness, poverty and climate change

January 12th, 2024

4:58

A housing project that tackles homelessness, poverty, and climate change all in one.


That’s the goal of Hillcrest Village in Northfield, Minnesota. It’s an emergency shelter and supportive housing development – powered …

Minneapolis looks to fund climate action through minor hike in gas and energy bills

December 21st, 2023

5:26

Anyone getting gas and electricity service in Minneapolis will see an estimated one dollar increase in their bills come next year.


The money from the …

St. John's student reflects on experience at COP28

December 7th, 2023

4:53

The United Nations 28th global climate conference, also known as COP28, just wrapped up in Dubai.


And this year a group of 20 students from the …

U of M scientist advocates for developing countries at global climate summit

December 7th, 2023

4:55

A major focus of this year’s global climate summit, COP28 or the Conference of the Parties, is the Loss and Damage Fund which was established at last year’s conference.


The idea behind it is for developed nations to …

U.S. report includes calls for Indigenous leadership and self-determination to fight climate change

November 30th, 2023

4:56

The fifth National Climate Assessment came out last week. It’s an important report that lays out the impacts of climate change across the U.S.


In it this year is a chapter on the specific ways climate change affects …

Minnesota initiative looks to boost production of sustainable aviation fuel

November 16th, 2023

4:29

10 percent of U.S. transportation greenhouse gas emissions come from plane travel according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


But a first-of-its kind initiative is looking to slash those numbers by creating a hub …

Groups call for greater federal oversight of insurance industry

November 10th, 2023

4:21

Insurance losses from climate-enhanced extreme weather disasters are changing the insurance landscape.


And this week, several groups have sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and the Financial Stability …

Farming in the face of climate extremes

November 2nd, 2023

4:48

President Biden made a visit to Minnesota farmers this week to highlight investments in our region’s rural economy.


But with climate change-driven weather whiplash the last few years, how are our local farmers really …

Climate change is wreaking havoc on the global insurance market

October 26th, 2023

4:49

Climate change is wreaking havoc on the global insurance market. That’s the takeaway from a piece in Grist that points out natural disasters now cost …

Climate change has some moving to the Midwest

October 19th, 2023

4:51

Go Midwest, young man?


That’s the title of a recent piece in Time Magazine that touts the Midwest as a place people will likely move to in the future. So which factors make the Midwest a potentially attractive place to …

Follow Minnesota's green transition with MPR News Getting to Green series

October 12th, 2023

5:17

Minnesota leaders set an ambitious goal to be carbon-neutral by 2050. What will it take to carry out Minnesota’s green energy transition?


Here at MPR News we’re tracking Minnesota’s clean energy progress, in a series …

As new farm bill gets drafted, some hope for changes to support sustainable farming

October 5th, 2023

5:17

Congress is due to pass a new farm bill this year. This major piece of legislation sets the rules for all things food and agriculture for the next …

The growing climate concern of water vapor

September 28th, 2023

4:47

An increase in water vapor in the atmosphere is driving more extreme weather around the world.


How is that playing out here in Minnesota?


John Abraham, Thermal Sciences Professor and Mechanical Engineering Program …

United Nations calls for urgent action to protect children's rights

September 21st, 2023

4:19

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is expanding its electric school bus program using three million dollars from the state’s settlement with …

Farmers drained jaw-dropping amounts of water from Minnesota aquifers in 2021

September 14th, 2023

4:48

Drought and the nation’s hunger for mouth-watering french fries led large farms to pump significantly more groundwater than they’re allowed.

Some yellow school buses are turning green this school year

September 7th, 2023

4:17

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is expanding its electric school bus program using three million dollars from the state’s settlement with …

Cargo ship sets sail with 'WindWings' created by Minnesota's Cargill

August 31st, 2023

4:39

Minnesota-based Cargill has developed modern sails they’re calling ‘WindWings’ that allow giant cargo ships to harness wind energy.


Last week, the first ever vessel outfitted with the giant 123-foot sails embarked on a …

Federal commission takes steps to speed up grid interconnection process

August 24th, 2023

4:39

For the U.S. to meet its climate goals, we need more clean energy projects — projects that require space on the electrical grid.


The trouble is: …

Montana youths win case against the state for climate change harms

August 17th, 2023

5:08

A legal victory this week for 16 young people who sued the state of Montana over their right to a “clean and healthful environment,” as laid out in …

Rulemaking process underway for new environmental justice areas

August 10th, 2023

4:37

A rulemaking process is underway by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for a law passed this year aimed at addressing health inequities in …

Reducing the carbon footprint of the cannabis industry

August 3rd, 2023

4:55

Recreational marijuana is now officially legal in Minnesota but this may not be great news for the climate.


A 2021 study found that growing an ounce …

How much is climate change fueling intense heat across the world?

July 27th, 2023

4:10

The heat is on for Minnesota this week and heat waves are making news across the world.


Hospitals in Phoenix are treating burn patients from sizzling pavement. Tourists in Greece are evacuating fire zones.


How can …

Planting 'climate-smart' trees from the south to save forests up north

July 20th, 2023

4:53

Climate change is putting stress on the traditional spruce and pines in Minnesota’s northern forests — and there’s real concern about their future.


So, researchers are planting trees from the southern parts of our state …

How to weatherize and super insulate your home

July 13th, 2023

4:35

How can your home be a weapon in the fight to reduce climate change?


One of the biggest opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions is …

What should students learn about climate change in schools?

June 29th, 2023

6:05

As climate science and impacts evolve, how much should students in Minnesota and across the U.S. learn about climate change causes and solutions?


A group of young people are suing the state of Montana for their energy policy

June 22nd, 2023

4:52

A “constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment”.


That’s why 16 young people between ages 5 and 22 are suing the state of Montana …

Some homes are becoming 'uninsurable' due to climate-related risks

June 8th, 2023

4:33

Earth’s oceans are the hottest on record. That’s the finding from a recent paper in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. What effects could …

Earth’s oceans are the hottest on record

June 8th, 2023

4:39

Earth’s oceans are the hottest on record. That’s the finding from a recent paper in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. What effects could …

Dams are an often overlooked source of emissions

June 1st, 2023

4:19

It’s said that water is life and trying to control and store water through massive dam projects has been a way of life for a long time, especially in …

U of M to oversee multi-state effort to help unlock federal funding for climate projects

May 25th, 2023

4:10

The search is on for an electric vehicle with a 1,000-mile range. And a new dime-sized battery may be a step in that direction.


Mohammad Asadi is a chemical engineer at Illinois Tech who was one of the people behind the …

It's been a smoky week — what's the forecast ahead for air quality and wildfires?

May 18th, 2023

4:37

The search is on for an electric vehicle with a 1,000-mile range. And a new dime-sized battery may be a step in that direction.


Mohammad Asadi is a chemical engineer at Illinois Tech who was one of the people behind the …

A U of M initiative looks to create climate-informed health care professionals

May 11th, 2023

4:17

The search is on for an electric vehicle with a 1,000-mile range. And a new dime-sized battery may be a step in that direction.


Mohammad Asadi is a chemical engineer at Illinois Tech who was one of the people behind the …

Clean energy will require more power lines, but who should get to build them?

May 4th, 2023

4:18

The search is on for an electric vehicle with a 1,000-mile range. And a new dime-sized battery may be a step in that direction.


Mohammad Asadi is a chemical engineer at Illinois Tech who was one of the people behind the …

The city of Minneapolis seeks input on new climate equity plan

April 27th, 2023

4:53

The search is on for an electric vehicle with a 1,000-mile range. And a new dime-sized battery may be a step in that direction.


Mohammad Asadi is a chemical engineer at Illinois Tech who was one of the people behind the …

A new battery could soon make 1,000-mile-range EVs a reality

April 15th, 2023

3:28

The search is on for an electric vehicle with a 1,000-mile range. And a new dime-sized battery may be a step in that direction.


Mohammad Asadi is a chemical engineer at Illinois Tech who was one of the people behind the …

Minnesota's solar garden program ranks second in the nation, but some say it could do more

April 15th, 2023

4:59

The latest United Nations climate report urges that the window of opportunity to prevent catastrophic climate change still exists — but is closing …

IPCC calls for more urgent action. What's MN's role?

March 30th, 2023

4:32

The latest United Nations climate report urges that the window of opportunity to prevent catastrophic climate change still exists — but is closing …

Climate change could shift maple syrup season

March 23rd, 2023

4:28

Spring has officially begun, which means maple syrup season is in full swing. But a sugarmaker at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum says the …

Building with climate change in mind will be crucial in the future

March 16th, 2023

4:15

Minnesota’s northern forests are changing rapidly.


Warmer temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns are causing a decline in the growth and …

Northern forests struggle to adapt to climate change

March 10th, 2023

4:26

Minnesota’s northern forests are changing rapidly.


Warmer temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns are causing a decline in the growth and …

The link between record temps and climate

March 2nd, 2023

4:44

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a bill this month requiring 100 percent carbon-free electricity in Minnesota by 2040. The new law requires Minnesota to produce carbon-free energy from sources like nuclear, wind, and …

EV corridor coming to Minnesota

February 23rd, 2023

4:46

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a bill this month requiring 100 percent carbon-free electricity in Minnesota by 2040. The new law requires Minnesota to produce carbon-free energy from sources like nuclear, wind, and …

Rebroadcast: 10 years of Climate Cast

February 17th, 2023

51:57

When MPR News’ Climate Cast debuted in January 2013, it was one of the few regular programs to address how a warming planet could change life as we …

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Minnesota's roadmap to carbon-free electricity by 2040

February 16th, 2023

7:47

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a bill this month requiring 100 percent carbon-free electricity in Minnesota by 2040. The new law requires Minnesota to produce carbon-free energy from sources like nuclear, wind, and …

How to spot and combat climate misinformation and disinformation

February 9th, 2023

4:07

The Polar Bear population is plummeting around Canada’s Hudson Bay. The Canadian government study shows there are 27% fewer bears in just the past 5 …

5 fast facts about the lack of ice on Lake Superior this year

February 2nd, 2023

4:26

The Polar Bear population is plummeting around Canada’s Hudson Bay. The Canadian government study shows there are 27% fewer bears in just the past 5 …

The polar bear capital of the world is losing its bears

January 26th, 2023

4:39

The Polar Bear population is plummeting around Canada’s Hudson Bay. The Canadian government study shows there are 27% fewer bears in just the past 5 …

10 climate lessons we’ve learned in 10 years of Climate Cast

January 25th, 2023

51:57

When MPR News’ Climate Cast debuted in January 2013, it was one of the few regular programs to address how a warming planet could change life as we …

The impacts of climate change on our health — from our bodies to our cells

January 19th, 2023

5:06

Some might scoff at the idea that climate change affects all of us, but doctors say it does. It turns out warmer temperatures, wildfire smoke and bad air quality affect our health … right down to our cells!


MPR News host …

Climate trends and news to keep an eye on in 2023

January 12th, 2023

5:02

Last year was a banner year for clean energy with booms in solar and wind energy as well as the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, the biggest …

Planning to buy a new electric vehicle? It may be worth it to wait

January 5th, 2023

4:29

New tax incentives on electric vehicles kicked in on January 1st, 2023. If you’re in the market for an EV, how can you cash in?


Automotive and energy …

A year-end review of climate stories and news on Climate Cast

December 29th, 2022

4:57

A look back at some of the most memorable climate news, science, and solutions from 2022.

Towards a green future: the biggest progress in climate solutions across the state

December 22nd, 2022

5:21

There were ample climate challenges this year. There were also major developments in climate solutions.


MPR News reporters Kirsti Marohn, Dan Kraker, …

A year of climate whiplash: from wet and rainy to flash drought

December 15th, 2022

5:15

What are Minnesota’s biggest climate highlights of this year? And where are we headed next?

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