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Model for addressing climate change

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Humphrey School analysis calls $2.1 billion dollar CapX2020 energy line expansion project a “win-win”

Five Minnesota cities chosen for climate-smart exchange program with Germany

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Duluth, Elk River, Morris, Rochester and Warren will partner with German peers to implement clean energy strategies

New Research Suggests Tigers Can Come Back From Brink of Extinction If Habitats Are Preserved

Enough forested habitat remains to bring the tiger back from the brink of extinction, according to new analysis published in Science Advances.

Student Start-ups Go Big

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Innovative U of M students are taking on the world's biggest challenges

Plants’ ability to adapt could change conventional wisdom on climate change, U of M study finds

Plants speed up their respiratory metabolism as temperatures rise, leading to a long-held concern that as climate warms the elevated carbon release from a ramped-up metabolism could flip global forests from a long-term carbon sink to a carbon source, further accelerating climate change.

From Sugar Beets to Spandex

Dried, broken cornstalks stand in a harvested field.

U researchers have engineered microbes to turn agricultural waste like cornstalks and sugar beet pulp into products like chicken feed and even spandex.

U of M student start-ups win 2016 Acara Challenge with innovative impact ventures

Student-run impact ventures focused on providing clean water through micro-entrepreneurs and bringing fashion and healing together to empower and employ Native Americans have been selected Gold Level winners of the 2016 Acara Challenge, a competition held by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.

Understanding differences within species is critical to conservation efforts

A new study published in the journal Ecological Applications shows that differences within a species across geographically distinct ranges should be taken into account during conservation planning as the climate changes.

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.

Study: Secondary tropical forests absorb carbon at higher rate than old-growth forests

A large international team of forest ecologists including U of M ecologist Jennifer Powers and University of Minnesota graduate student Justin Becknell sought to answer that question by analyzing recovery of aboveground biomass using 1,500 forest plots and 45 sites across Latin America. The researchers found that carbon uptake in these new-growth tropical forests was surprisingly robust. Their findings will appear in the print edition of the journal Nature February 11.

Lithium battery material found to harm key soil microorganism

The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

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