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News Release | Environment America

Plastic pollution: One day, three solutions

One day, three decisions -- all of which may have far-reaching effects on plastic pollution in the United States.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Renewables on the Rise 2018

Minneapolis -- Today, only a week after St. Paul’s announcement that the city has set a goal of making all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center (RPC) released a new report showing why a 100% renewable future is well within reach. Since 2008, Minnesota has seen a 550-fold increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun --and more than doubled wind power production. The evidence is clear: a cleaner, healthier economy powered by renewable energy is within our reach.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Trouble in the Air

Minneapolis – As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center over 3.5 million people in the Twin Cities metro area experienced 37 days of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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Report | Environment Minnesota

Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 53 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power 10.1 million homes and 26 times as much capacity as was installed at the end of 2010.[1] Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Troubled Waters 2018

Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded the levels allowed under their Clean Water Act permits more than 8,100 times. Often, these polluters faced no fines or penalties.

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