[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Russia’s war on Ukraine is partly a war on climate

It’s morally necessary for countries to remove themselves from any dependency on Russia, however, the U.S. and Europe should use this as an opportunity to kickstart a transition to green energy instead of reverting long-term to coal.

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Reorienting St. Paul to river, one learning center at a time

The Great River Passage Master plan has prompted a project on the East Side River District in St. Paul that will help protect and heal surrounding landscape.

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Cooley’s research: snorkeling, sharks, & sunscreen

February 10, 2022 — RubicOnline “The one thing I’ve never liked are dolphins. I do not like dolphins; they are the frat boys of the ocean,” junior Linnea Cooley said.Cooley is passionate and opinionated about all living things underneath the ocean’s surface. It all started in fifth grade when she got glasses. Her family usually […]

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] [MOVIE REVIEW] Don’t Look Up checks all the boxes of a great movie

January 7, 2022 – RubicOnline Warning: this article contains spoilers. Don’t Look Up begins with Ph.D. candidate Kate Dibiasky, played by Jennifer Lawrence, discovering a comet approaching earth. She alerts her professor Randall Mindy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. They calculate that the comet is approximately nine kilometers wide, or as big as the comet that […]

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Companies strive for Minnesota non-ferrous deposits

December 4, 2021 – RubicOnline Copper and nickel deposits were discovered near Duluth in 1948. While there are currently no mines in Minnesota, PolyMet Mining and Twin Metals Minnesota are developing the state’s first non-ferrous mine. There is a current trend toward more electric equipment (trucks, drills, shovels) in the mines. Joe Henderson, director of […]

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Line 3 in use, destruction arises

October 11, 2021 – RubicOnline October 14, 2021 – Best of SNO Barely three days after oil first flowed through the new Line 3 pipeline, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released information on the environmental destruction caused by the pipeline. Construction punctured aquifers in January, and Artesian groundwater in the rural community of Clearwater County […]

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Reviewing the Marine Debris Tracker app

Citizen science is research conducted by the public. Now, you can aid the fight against plastic pollution by researching it yourself. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, also known as the Mayors of the Mississippi River, partnered with the United Nations Environment Program, the National Geographic Society, and the University of Georgia to create an accessible way for the general public to battle plastic pollution by gathering data along the Mississippi River.

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Prioritizing vaccinations for elders? It’s not as simple as it seems

March 18, 2021 – RubicOnline COVID-19 vaccinations are currently underway with over 1.2 million Minnesotans who have received at least one dose and 750,000 people with a completed vaccine series. The state’s decision to focus on age groups has caused 91% of the vaccinated population to be white people while only 82% of the total […]