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Happy Earth Day! 

But, really everyday is earth day. If we are going to save Mother Earth, we all have to make a conscious effort in our own lives everyday. Recycle, ride your bike more, eat less meat, pick up that piece of trash that isnt yours, be an advocate for environmental policy, and believe in science.

Paris Accord

I am thankful for Minnesota Senator Al Franken for releasing this statement about the Paris Accord this afternoon. 

“President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is a catastrophic mistake that puts the short-sighted interests of his friends in the fossil fuel industry ahead of the safety and security of American people and the future of our planet. The Paris climate agreement brought together virtually the entire world-195 countries-to recognize the basic fact that climate change is a real, man-made, existential threat to the planet that demands broad international action. We don’t have time to turn our backs on the rest of the world and bury our heads in the sand. We must address climate change now. The stakes are too high and the consequences too devastating to kick this problem down the road to future generations. Make no mistake, President Trump is not only ignoring scientific consensus-he’s putting our children and grandchildren at risk, weakening our economy, and undermining America’s credibility and leadership around the world.

I call on President Trump to immediately reverse this terrible decision.

Moose mortality: scientists try to explain mystery of animals’ decline

“Moose are a symbol of Minnesota,” says Dr Ron Moen. But their future is bleak. It’s not due to hunting; the state stopped that three years ago. Something else is happening to them.

Since 2006, the state has lost more than half its moose population – from more than 8,000 to 3,450 – and in some places they’ve virtually disappeared. Moen is trying to find out why. He and colleagues at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been using remote mapping techniques as well as GPS collars that track the animals’ movements to understand how moose use their environment and to detect when a moose dies.

Climate change, says Moen, may be part of the problem. Minnesota has had unusually warm winters for the last few years and warmer temperatures can overheat the shaggy, cold-adapted animals. It is also thought that higher temperatures could help spread diseases and pests such as ticks and brain worms.

“The other thing that’s happened over the last 15 years is that calf survival has declined,” says Moen. Attempting to shed light on this, and the contribution played by predators, researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have been using GPS collars on newborns annually since 2013.