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THE TIME IS NOW. SPA must create a climate policy that dramatically reduces emissions to meet the urgency of this moment and be an example to students, families, and peer institutions.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] SPA must make climate action a priority

RubicOnline Staff November 13, 2023
Institutional climate action becomes more necessary every day, yet SPA makes no commitment to curb school carbon emissions on its website.
CLIMATE EMERGENCIES. As the years go by, the Earth is affected by climate change, and the natural disasters that have been rising in recent years is proof. From daily weather to extreme climate phenomena, the people inhabiting this planet have had considerable impact on Earth. (Illustration by Annika Kim, Infographic by Johanna Pierach, Orion Kim)

It’s all about the ENVIRONMENT: Natural disaster on the rise

McKinley Garner and Sonia Kharbanda October 15, 2023
Looking closely, natural disasters have been on the rise in recent years, and it can be highly attributed to climate change.
WOMEN IN STEM Brokken analyzes water organisms under a microscope. We did different labs about microplastics, Brokken said.

Brokken explores marine life in the Key West

Ivy Raya, RubicOnline April 28, 2023
Senior Freya Brokken attended a six-day marine biology camp at the beginning of April.
CLIMATE CRISIS. Deciduous trees encroach into a balsam fir forest in Cloquet, Minnesota while other tree species fail to regenerate. The changing landscape and potential loss of Minnesotas greenery greatly concerns students. 
“It’s really disappointing, and I want to think about what I can do more to make sure that doesn’t happen,” junior Anisa Deo said.

Rising temperatures threaten Minnesota’s Northwoods

Siri Pattison, RubicOnline February 10, 2023
Leading climate scientists believe Minnesota will lose its Northwoods within the century if the climate crisis continues to escalate.
LOCAL DROUGHT. As of Nov. 8, 6.54% of Minnesota is experiencing extreme drought, which has caused Minnehaha Falls to dry up for the second year in a row.

From snow to drought, climate change is ever-present in Minnesota

Rita Li, RubicOnline November 9, 2022
Extreme weather conditions alter how Minnesotans experience fall.
CROSSING CONSUMERISM. With the scale of online shopping constantly increasing, it’s become more and more difficult to avoid making unethical purchases. However, social movements to protest things like fast fashion have also grown, acting to spread awareness of the harmful aspects of consumerism.

Engaging in consumerism requires awareness of its consequences

Orion Kim, Chief Visual Editor October 29, 2022

Consumerism is a dominant force in daily life and people need to be aware of the psychological influences that materialistic value can have on their mental health. Additionally, consumerism extends beyond...

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. Droughts in Somalia have had a detrimental effect on the land, people and economy. To provide resources and spread awareness for countries that are particularly affected by issues of climate change, the first step is starting discussions about environmental crises that are outside of the United States.

Environmental crises are global: think outside the United States

Milkii Tigro, The Rubicon October 26, 2022
Environmental crises are happening everywhere and affecting everyone, yet not many people are aware.
THE VOICE IS OURS. Leatham and her dad hold signs at a protest against climate change.

Activist Leatham sets up a role model for the “problem solvers of the next generation”

Mariam Malik, RubicOnline October 12, 2022
Junior Audrey Leatham's participation in social justice drives her determination to make change for the next generation.
ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE: Its no secret our planet is in a climate emergency.  Making small, easy changes to your daily routine can bring us one step closer to finally ending this crisis.

Seven easy ways to help protect the environment

Eliana Mann, Rubiconline May 19, 2022
Any number of small, personal actions can make a positive impact on the environment and are often easy to do.
FIRST SNOWFALL. The first snowfall of the season for St. Paul didn’t happen until Nov. 13  almost a month later than last year.

Warmer fall for ninth year in a row

Eve Sampsell-Jones, The Rubicon December 4, 2021
Autumn has been getting warmer, and this year fall tied for the warmest in the Metro area.
Locally in Minnesota, which had record-breaking droughts this summer, there have also been many large-scale wildfires around and in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) that left the area closed for the first time in 45 years.

BWCA wildfires intensify through dry summer; closed for the first time in 45 years

Elle Chen, RubicOnline September 10, 2021
On Aug. 15, the Greenwood Fire in the BWCA area was started by lightning. Since then, fires have continued to spread in the region.
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.
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