From left, Director of Buildings & Energy Brian Hoffman, St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, Sustainability Manager Emily Ziring, and City Council Member

'We have a lot to lose': 16 Minnesota cities declare climate emergency

An emerging coalition urging legislative action crosses the urban-rural divide at a time when the state has experienced record extreme weather.

Intel to build $20B Ohio chip facility amid global shortage

January 21
This undated rendering shows early plans for two new Intel processor factories in Licking County, Ohio.
Chipmaker Intel said Friday it will invest $20 billion to build a new factory in Ohio, an attempt to help alleviate a global shortage of chips powering everything from phones to cars to home appliances while also signaling the giant company's commitment to manufacturing crucial technology products in the U.S.

CIA: Most 'Havana syndrome' cases not linked to US adversary

January 20
In this Oct. 3, 2017, photo, tourists rode classic convertible cars on the Malecon beside the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
The CIA believes it is unlikely that Russia or another foreign adversary has used microwaves or other forms of directed energy to attack the hundreds of American officials who attribute symptoms associated with brain injuries to what's come to be known as "Havana syndrome."
Nation
January 21
In this photo released by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program is an entangled subadult humpback whale off the Hawaiian island

Search on for humpback whale entangled in debris off Hawaii

A marine mammal rescue team is looking for an adult humpback whale entangled in debris off the coast of Hawaii.
Business
January 20
In this photo provided by the New Zealand Defense Force, a hydrographic survey and dive team from HMNZS Wellington inspect the coastal waters off Tong

Cut off by volcano, Tongans relieved as contact restored

As the massive undersea Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Saturday, Tongans from around the world gazed on as their relatives livestreamed images of billowing clouds of ash, gas and steam emerging from beneath the depths.
World
January 19
A satellite photo provided by NOAA/Cira/Rammb, shows the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption in an image from a weather satellite.

Three of Tonga's smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Three of Tonga's smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said Wednesday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific archipelago nation.
St. Paul
January 18
The landscape around Pig’s Eye Lake, shown in 2018.

MPCA says several contaminants in St. Paul's Pig's Eye dump, city asks for cleanup funds

Going forward, the agency is studying whether to install additional barriers to collect contaminants.
Business
January 18
In this July 8, 2018, file photo, clouds are reflected above the company logo on the hood of a Tesla vehicle outside a showroom in Littleton, Colo.

Felony charges are 1st in a fatal crash involving Autopilot

California prosecutors have filed two counts of vehicular manslaughter against the driver of a Tesla on Autopilot who ran a red light, slammed into another car and killed two people in 2019.
January 15

Volcano erupts in Pacific and triggers tsunami advisory

Tsunami advisories were issued for Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. Pacific coast. Satellite images showed a huge eruption, with a plume of ash, steam and gas rising like a mushroom.
Business
January 14

Ukraine hacks add to worries of cyberconflict with Russia

Hackers on Friday temporarily shut down dozens of Ukrainian government websites, causing no major damage but adding to simmering tensions while Russia amasses troops on the Ukrainian border. Separately, in a rare gesture to the U.S. at a time of chilly relations, Russia said it had arrested members of a major ransomware gang that targeted U.S. entities.
Business
January 14

Cyberattack in Albuquerque latest to target public schools

When the superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools announced earlier this week a cyber attack would lead to the cancellation of classes for around 75,000 students, he noted that the district's technology department had been fending off attacks "for the last few weeks."
Science
January 14
An illustration of the outer coating of the Epstein-Barr virus, one of the world’s most common viruses. New research is showing stronger evidence th

Study: More evidence links a virus to multiple sclerosis

There's more evidence that one of the world's most common viruses may set some people on the path to developing multiple sclerosis.
Local
January 12
In this photo provided by the MSPCA, an African Serval named “Bruno” is seen Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Boston, Mass. The wild cat was captured

Hurt serval cat found in Boston to go to Minnesota sanctuary

An African serval cat found injured in a Boston suburb last week will go to a wild cat sanctuary in Minnesota if an amputation proceeds as anticipated.
Local
January 11
The St. Paul City Council is asking the state for funds from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the state’s $7 billion budget su

St. Paul City Council asks state to help clean up Pig's Eye Lake

The site, part of an important heron flyway, was used as a dump for years.
Business
January 11
Facebook’s Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Judge says FTC's antitrust case against Facebook can proceed

A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission's revised antitrust suit against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, can proceed, shutting down the social media company's request for a dismissal.
Business
January 11
Cyberthreats and the growing space race are emerging risks to the global economy.

World Economic Forum warns cyber risks add to climate threat

Cyberthreats and the growing space race are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday.
Local
January 8
Starry stonewort, pictured here, is Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. The destructive algae has spread now to 17 lakes and the Mississipp

More gear coming to help boaters contain invasive starry stonewort algae on Minnesota lakes

Crews are installing 28 new boat cleaning stations on Minnesota lakes infested with starry stonewort.
Nation
January 8
Even without the legislation, President Joe Biden can pursue his climate agenda through rules and regulations.

As spending bill stalls, Biden climate goals remain elusive

President Joe Biden faces a steep path to achieve his ambitious goal of slashing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, amid legislative gridlock that has stalled a $2 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives.
World
January 7
This photo released by the the National Galapagos Park communications office shows, from above, lava from the eruption of Wolf Volcano on Isabela Isla

Tallest Galapagos volcano erupts, spewing lava, ash

The tallest mountain in the Galapagos islands was erupting on Friday, spewing lava down its flanks and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean, according to Ecuador's Geophysical Institute.
Inspired
January 7
Mount Everest peeks above the clouds on a sightseeing flight, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 16, 2017.

Group undertaking historic, all-Black mission to Everest

Expedition is slated for April
Business
January 6
FILE - Polish Senator Krzysztof Brejza in Warsaw, on the night of parliamentary elections, Oct. 13, 2019. Amnesty International said Thursday Jan. 6,

Rights group verifies Polish senator was hacked with spyware

Amnesty International said Thursday it has independently confirmed that powerful spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group was used to hack a Polish senator multiple times in 2019 when he was running the opposition's parliamentary election campaign.
Nation
January 6
This 2019 photo provided by the British Antarctic Survey shows the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica.

Scientists explore Thwaites, Antarctica's 'doomsday' glacier

A team of scientists is sailing to "the place in the world that's the hardest to get to" so they can better figure out how much and how fast seas will rise because of global warming eating away at Antarctica's ice.
Local
January 6
Planes at MSP Airport underwent de-icing during a snowstorm last month.

MSP: Impact of 5G wireless upgrade on local flights still unknown

Rollout of the new wireless service has been pushed back to find ways to minimize impact.