Environment & Outdoors

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Not much about coal is simple anymore.

Whether it's being criticized as a dirty fuel or defended as part of a mining lifestyle, coal even played a part in the last presidential election.

So because of - or perhaps in spite of - the controversy about coal, NRRI's latest biofuelis coming along at just the right time.

©Michigan DNR

Wisconsin raised a few eyebrows by doing away with the minimum age for mentored hunting last week.

Some people were worried at the prospect of little kids out in the woods, adult mentors or not.  But Chief Conservation Warden of the WI DNR, Todd Schaller, says statistics show young hunters have a better safety record than older, more experienced ones.

MN Sea Grant

Animal Tracks in Snow
offthegridnews.com

Today Larry Weber talks about recent weather and "gray November" has proven to be true this month.

He also gives a list of Nothern birds he has seen around as well as animal tracks in the snow.   

     

Nick Blackmer/Flickr

It might have been the first solar garden opening held in the snow, but we're tough up here.

Tree Wrap
Lowes.com

With the past flurries and more to come in the future, Master Gardener Tom Kasper gives tips on how to protect your trees and shrubs this winter season. Sneak peek, Kasper suggests staying by the fire after you're done in the garden. 

Lisa Johnson

A year ago today, Duluth broke the record high temperature with 64 degrees.

Today, the National Weather Service reports a new low temperature for November 10 with -5.

If you don't decide to make tracks somewhere warmer, Larry Weber says you should get outside and LOOK AT tracks.

St. Louis County

GIS technology (Geographic Information Systems) has been around for a while; in fact, St. Louis County has been using it for things like land records since 1985.

But a change to the ATV ordinance last spring seemed like a perfect time to tweak the County Land Explorer and add a "recreation" theme.

Today on The Sea Grant Files, Tom Beery talks about how urban density may benefit America's future. with Duluth included, 73% of the Minnesota population live in urban areas.

Beery shares three major points to approach sustainable urban density; nature acess, protection of water resources, and climate based risk reduction.

MN Sea Grant

Carron Brown/Flickr

The leaves have turned, snowshoe hares are turning and clocks will be turned this weekend.

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians/Flickr

Karen Holland/US Environmental Protection Agency

Tom Beery is an enthusiastic guy to begin with, but kicking off a two-day workshop on adaptation planning for coastal communities - on Duluth's Climate Adaptation Day, no less - you get the feeling that he just can't wait to get started.

"We don't have to argue the specifics of climate change," he says.  "We're experiencing change, and we can look at it from a readiness perspective."

Maija Jenson

This week on The Sea Grant Files, host Jesse Schomberg talks about research that helps us understand climate change effects Lake Superior. Climate Change is not just about hot weather, but it is a part of what the research shows when it comes to less winter ice and more summer algae productivity; measurable indicators of change. 

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