The Rubicon

The system of lock and dams on the Mississippi River were mostly constructed as a part of former President Franklin Roosevelt’ New Deal program. The locks and dams, specifically lock and dam #1 pictured, was built to control flooding and facilitate transportation of goods. The structures completely changed how the Mississippi River flows. Biden’s plans will also completely change how the environment looks, but the exact results are unknown.

[SUSTAINABILTY & ETHICS] Administration sets ambitious environmental goals. Will they succeed?

Elizabeth Trevathan, Director of RubicOnline May 4, 2021
Biden/Harris made it clear from day one of their campaign that climate change would be at the top of their list for issues to change in America.
Climate activists in front of Chase Bank protesting against black their financing of the Enbridge company.

MN 350 speakers talk about Line 3 Pipeline and racial disparities

Zekiah Juliusson, RubicOnline March 10, 2021
MN 350 speakers spoke to PEP, IC and SSJ about Line 3 last week.
Driving down Loop 306 just outside of San Angelo, TX during the winter Storm on Feb. 14, 2021.

Texas storm leaves thousands wondering what’s next

Lynn Reynolds, RubicOnline March 3, 2021
The storm that left Texans without power or water for days illustrates how climate change is influencing energy systems.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President- elect Kamala Harris will step into office soon with new climate change plans.

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Looking ahead, President-elect Joe Biden introduces his climate plans

Elizabeth Trevathan, Director of RubicOnline November 20, 2020
President-Elect Joe Biden promises to dedicate $2 trillion over the four-year presidential term towards climate change initiatives. Here are eight of his goals.
GEN Z. Teenagers are taking on climate change in order to ensure a future for themselves and the planet.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Understand climate change in context

The Rubicon Staff October 7, 2020
Climate change won't go away when 2020 ends. This year isn't the cause of the disasters: humans are.
Global temperature yearly averages have increased by over 2 percent since 1980. Five years ago, the U.N. announced that governments around the world must not let the yearly temperature averages increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius more, otherwise they would face the serious consequences of Climate Change.

Global Warming set to push Earth past U.N. warning for temperature levels

Bobby Verhey, RubicOnline September 30, 2020
Recent reports from climate scientist show that the average yearly temperature is on track to pass U.N. warning levels.
The Yarnery in St. Paul sells the Weather or Knot kits to create a timeline of weather events in a wearable accessory to spread awareness about environmental data protection.

What’s new in the environment? Four things you may not know are happening…

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline March 3, 2020
The local climate conversation has turned to microplastics, pollution deaths, temperature scarves, and how climate change is prioritized.
Public figure Kim Kardashion and president of Amazon Jeff Bezos aren't doing enough to help the causes they claim to support.

Public figures under fire as Australia burns

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline January 23, 2020
Because they are role models, and have the resources to do so, public figures have a responsibility to take genuine action against issues impacting the world.
Immy Lucas began the low-waste movement as a way to educate others on how to be more environmentally friendly. She shares tips on how to reduce your waste, especially plastic waste, and become more connected to the environment.

4 ways youth can fight climate change besides protesting

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline December 14, 2019
There's more to do besides protesting to improve the environment. Here are four things that teenagers can do.

U.S. will officially withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline November 13, 2019
President Trump officially began the year-long process of removing the United States from the agreement on Nov. 4.
Often times, the straws given out at resturants and that can be mass-bought at grocery stores, degrade easily. A reusable plastic straw, which is thicker and about the same size, can last a lot longer than the cheap and flimsy straws.

“Save the turtles” and the plastic straw phenomenon

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline September 24, 2019
Sure, there are more options than plastic straws, but are they worth it?
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