National Climate Assessment
U.S. Global Change Research Program, January 2017
This report provides an in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. It details the multitude of ways climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect the lives of Americans. more info >
Public Opinion and the Environment: The Nine Types of Americans
December 2015, 28 pp.
A study of the American public's views and perspectives on global warming and other environment issues. more info >
Minnesota Climate and Health Report 2015: An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Health and Well-Being of Minnesotans
Minnesota Department of Health, April 2015, 100 pp.
This report provides a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts and potential health burden for the state. In addition to describing climate trends and projections relevant to Minnesota, the report identifies how these climate changes are linked to health impacts along with opportunities and challenges for developing quantitative measures of health outcomes. more info >
American Attitudes About Global Warming and Energy Policy: Issue Brief
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, December 2014, 18 pp.
Results of a national poll about global warming and other environmental issues. more info >
Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
Minnesota Department of Health, October 2014, 100 pp.
In an effort to better understand how climate change will impact the health of Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) developed the Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment that assessed the historic occurrence of the following climate hazards for the state of Minnesota: extreme heat events, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, flooding, and drought. MDH also mapped vulnerable populations to each of the climate hazards by county. more info >
Renewable Energy Innovation Project: Proof of Concept Center Plan for Minnesota
Region 5 Development Commission, April 2014, 54 pp.
A plan for Minnesota's renewable energy future. more info >
Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in November 2013
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, February 2014, 116 pp.
Presents detailed findings from a national survey on environmental priorities, support for action to reduce global warming, and climate and energy policies. more info >
Cityscape: Climate Change and City Hall
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, January 2013
Journal issue focusing on cities and climate change. Topics include: what cities are doing to address sustainability, sustainability as economic development, policy integration for sustainable development, promoting sustainable land development patterns, social actors and policy levers for mitigating greenhouse gases. more info >
The heat is on: U.S. temperature trends
Climate Central, June 2012, 22 pp.
This report documents state by state differences in warming within the continental U.S. The country as a whole has warmed by 1.3F over the past century, but the warming has not been uniform. more info >
U.S. and Canada green city index:Assessing the environmental performance of 27 major U.S. and Canadian cities
Siemens/Economist Intellegence Unit, July 2011, 71 pp.
The green city indices assess and compare cities in terms of their environmental performance. This report, which includes Minneapolis, presents the key findings and highlights from the index, and is intended to be a tool to help cities in the region learn from each other regarding the common environmental challenges they face. more info >
A Strategy for America's Energy Future: Illuminating Energy's Full Costs
Brookings Institute, May 2011, 35 pp.
In this report, The Hamilton Project provides four principles for reforming America’s energy policies. more info >
Temperature projections for the 50 US states over the next 100 years: An analysis based on data contained in the climate wizard interactive tool
The Nature Conservancy, August 2009, 5 pp.
Presents data on the increase in average annual temperature by 2100. Looking at the rank of states, Minnesota was number 12 in the amount of change. more info >
Confronting climate change in the U.S. Midwest: Minnesota
Union of Concerned Scientists, July 2009, 12 pp.
This report presents new projections showing some of the potential impacts of global warming on Minnesota. more info >
Clean Energy Lead by Example Guide: Strategies, Resources, and Action Steps for State Programs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, June 2009, 192 pp.
Guide for states implementing clean energy policies and programs in buildings, facilities, operations, and fleets under their control. The guide outlines the value of clean energy programs and activities, a set of activities that states are successfully implementing, and a process for developing, implementing, and tracking a comprehensive clean energy program at the state level. more info >
Greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota: 1970-2006
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, June 2009
Report on Minnesota's progress toward statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals. The report incluces a statewide emission estimate for the 2005 baseline year, for 2006, and prior years going back to 1970. more info >
The third Minnesota report card on environmental literacy: A survey of adult environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, December 2008, 101 pp.
Statewide survey concerning environmental literacy of adults in Minnesota. It asked about knowledge of environmental topics, attitudes toward the environment, and environmental behaviors. Data are compared to data from two previous surveys. more info >
Coal power in a warming world: A Sensible transition to cleaner energy options
Union of Concerned Scientists, October 2008, 59 pp.
Examines the pros and cons of a proposed technology to capture global warming pollution from coal plants and store it underground. The report recommends that the federal government fund a number of demonstration projects to test carbon-capture-and-storage technology, as well as halt the construction of new coal plants that do not capture and store carbon emissions. more info >
20% Wind energy by 2030: Increasing wind energy's contribution to U.S. electricity supply
U.S. Department of Energy, July 2008, 248 pp.
This report examines some of the costs, challenges, and key impacts of generating 20% of the nation’s electricity from wind energy in 2030. Specifically, it investigates requirements and outcomes in the areas of technology, manufacturing, transmission and integration, markets, environment, and siting. more info >
Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan
University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, June 2008, 414 pp.
Charts long-term strategies for addressing critical issues and trends impacting Minnesota’s environment and natural resources. This report provides recommendations in four areas: habitat, land use, transportation, and energy/mercury. more info >
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation sources in Minnesota
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, June 2008, 44 pp.
Investigates transportation sector strategies to help meet Minnesota's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report focuses on three types of strategies: improving vehicle fuel economy, reducing the number of vehicle-miles traveled, and decreasing the carbon content of fuel. more info >
Minnesota climate change advisory group final report: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group, April 2008, 107 pp.
Final plan from the advisory group charged with developing a comprehensive set of state-level policy recommendations to reduce Minnesota's emissions of greenhouse gases. The report includes a collection of existing and proposed actions that could contribute to greenhouse gas emissions reductions, an inventory of historical and forecasted greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, and consideration of costs and benefits of recommended options. more info >
Opportunities for states in clean energy research, development and demonstration
National Governors Association, January 2008, 40 pp.
Guide for states as they make decisions about clean energy research, development and demonstration. Provides a set of principles for investing in clean energy, examples of actions that states have already taken, as well as actions at other levels of government from which states can draw inspiration. more info >