Little steps in the habitat restoration playbook

“We’re capable of destroying in minutes what it took mother nature eons to create.” In Minot, our loss of habitat is most acutely observed in the loss of our natural river channel and the stench of the — though natural — not flowing dead loops. What can be done about it? Nothing will come fast,

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Court Orders EPA to Address Landfill Emissions

Minot’s had no shortage of landfill news over the past few years. Most recently, plans where advanced for a 20-25 year expansion on property adjacent to our existing site. And part of the challenge for communities with landfills are the extraordinary environmental protections that govern management and operation of these sites. If a California court

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Congress Is Likely to Delay Flood Insurance Overhaul, Again

The National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire on May 31st. It’s the latest deadline in a long series of short-term extensions, but the clamor to overhaul the system is growing. Catch up with the full political picture in this article from Scientific American.

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Big Data Has Transformed Agriculture…In Some Places, Anyway

If you’re familiar with the farming industry you know it’s a technology and data driven industry. Investment in higher yield is built into the cost of growing food — around here, but the American model is not the rule in other parts of the world. When it comes to farming practices, and particularly the use

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More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution

Many residents in Minot want to see citywide recycling, but before we invest big in the facilities and equipment, perhaps we should ask — what problem is it we’re trying to solve? One answer we’d expect to hear is we need to reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment. If that’s the case, then Matt

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There’s No Limit to Longevity, Says Study Reviving Human Lifespan Debate

How old is old? Depending on how youthful our spirit is, we’d all probably answer that question differently. But biologically speaking, there may be fewer to limits the upper reaches than we might assume. Scientific American has the article the sparks the debate on living forever — and not just figuratively.

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Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science

A huge contributor to the opioid epidemic is the over-prescription of pain medication. In other words, a big percentage of those addicted get their start at the doctor’s office. And that fact is driving a number of research-based pain reduction techniques and technologies. The idea: if we have alternative pain treatment methods, we don’t have to

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Washington D.C. Tackles Emissions with Dockless Bikes

In a follow-up to a brief story last week on the sharing economy and new technology changing the nature of bike-share programs, there’s this example of the technology in action in our nation’s capital. Check out the full article on Scientific American

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