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This ruling "increases the odds that you're going to see carbon capture on some of our projects," says Jason Bohrer, president of the North Dakota Lignite Energy Council.
The commitment, published at the end of three days of talks, was weaker than a previous draft of the final communique seen by Reuters, which had included a target to end unabated coal power generation by 2030. Sources familiar with the discussions said Japan and the United States had both indicated they could not support that date.
John Kerry said progress was vital as Egypt prepares to host the next round of U.N. climate talks, known as COP27, in November in Sharm el-Sheikh.
“The rain events that used to occur every 50 or 100 hears are now happening every 10 years or even more frequently,” said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Katrina Kessler. “It’s not just once in your lifetime, it’s three or more times in one decade that you’re having to think about impacts on local resources as well as infrastructure and homes.”

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According to a draft plan, winter nights in northern Minnesota are 7.3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than a century ago. Annual precipitation across the state has increased by an average of 3.4 inches, with southeast Minnesota increasing by twice that amount.
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W. Carter Johnson first began studying the ecology of the Dakotas as a graduate student at North Dakota State University in the 1960s and early '70s. His new book offers a survey of the region's natural history and the many ways in which humans have altered the land.
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It’s not just a Duluth phenomenon. In the Twin Cities, winds gusted to 30 mph or higher on 46 days this winter, blowing away the previous record of 32 gusty days.
Nationwide, if all new passenger vehicles sold are zero-emission by 2035 and all new trucks and buses sold were zero-emission by 2040, the U.S. would generate more than $1.2 trillion in health benefits, the report states.
"We're a pretty practical bunch of people," Dr. Dexter Perkins, a geologist at the University of North Dakota, said of his Sierra Club chapter.
Our man-made climate catastrophe has already unleashed overwhelming human suffering that will continue growing more devastating even if we magically stop all carbon pollution today.

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Our planet’s natural world is facing the largest mass extinction event since dinosaurs.
Led by a University of Minnesota Duluth professor, scientists from the U.S. and Canada are fanning out this month to gather data from below the ice.
The report said pollution from pesticides, plastics and electronic waste is causing widespread human rights violations as well as at least 9 million premature deaths a year, and that the issue is largely being overlooked.

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