Earth warming? Read about businesses, individuals and schools finding ways to heal the planet.

Homepage illustration by Emy Young of Minnesota State University, Mankato

Is the climate changing? If so, is human behavior responsible? And if that’s the case, can changing our behavior help the planet?

Fifteen high school students from throughout the Twin Cities examined those questions during ThreeSixty Journalism’s residential camp on the environment from June 19 to July 1 at the University of St. Thomas.

The teen reporters explore efforts to make the earth healthier by planting gardens and reducing energy usage. They explain where our drinking water comes from and why recycling makes economic and environmental sense.

Enjoy their work and leave your comments at the end of each article.

Their articles were published on July 5 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune

June Campers' reflections

For 12 days, reporters in ThreeSixty Journalism’s residential summer camp immersed themselves in environmental reporting and practices.

*While they lived in dorms at the University of St.

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Rail attracts many to city

For 117 years, Episcopal Homes, a senior housing complex, has been located on University Avenue in the Midway section of St. Paul.

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Green housing trend is on the rise

Five thousand dollars. That’s all it took Will Steger to build his modest home in Ely, Minn. 43 years ago.

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Male fish producing eggs? Estrogen in rivers and lakes disrupts fish reproduction system.

Minnesotans are pretty confident about their water. After all, we have the source of the Mighty Mississippi and more than 14,000 lakes. Why should we worry about water?

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Urban gardening brings communities together

Kids as young as four are carrying plants out of the back of cars into an empty lot in north Minneapolis with smiles on their faces.

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Despite setbacks, businesses stay 'green'

As Scott Brown scoops up a handful of sapphire blue pieces of glass, he explains that his company will use them to create a beautiful kitchen island countertop for one of its customers. A large countertop made from the shells of black walnuts is curing in a frame in another corner of the workroom.

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When rivers run high ... we notice

At Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul, the water levels are unusually high for late June, but that hasn’t stopped 62-year-old Bernie Garon from going fishing.

By buying less, one Minneapolis woman saves money and deepens relationships

A suicide outside the Mall of America four years ago and the sad faces of people loaded with shopping bags inside the mall were in no way connected, but for Minke Sundseth, 37, that day helped inspire

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Colleges compete on grades, cost -- and being green

When walking on a college campus these days, one might find wind turbines, prairie grasses, recycling bins around every corner and community gardens.

This might seem like a school of the future, but the reality is that colleges across the country are becoming sustainable.

The College Sustainability Report Card creates competition among universities and ranks colleges based on their action and commitment to sustainability initiatives.

Recycling is an easy way to go green

Monique Barnes of St.

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Public skepticism grows despite scientific consensus on climate change

Wanda Shelton, 51, of Ham Lake, is highly skeptical when it comes to climate change.
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Now retired, anchorman Don Shelby sounds the alarm about global warming

For 33 years in the Twin Cities at WCCO Television, Don Shelby was the journalist – always trying to be objective and look for all sides of the story.

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Mississippi River keeps on rolling -- right to your faucet

Each day, thousands of people zoom across the bridges over the Mississippi River. The dark blue water flows quietly past downtown high rises and sandstone bluffs on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

To pass off this scene as nothing more than a nice view is to minimize one of Minnesota’s most important natural resources and its role in everyday life. The Mississippi provides water used by residents of the Twin Cities. Treatment plants make it safe to drink.

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Chickens go to college? College students lead campus environmental projects.

For some, the title of gardener brings to mind the image of a grandmother planting veggies in her backyard.

A newer picture of gardening can be found on college campuses.

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100 Days Without Oil: Cold showers and lots of biking

Molly Eagen, 26, from Minneapolis biked a total of 1,150 miles in 100 days.

Be good to the environment: Take a bus

The smell of oil, the constant roar of cars and backhoes, and the dust and noise that clog the air.