Josephine Marcotty | Star Tribune
Reporter | Environment

Josephine Marcotty writes about the environment and the relationship between people and nature for the Star Tribune, with a focus on agricultural pollution, mining, wolves and other critters, and climate change. Since arriving in Minnesota in 1979 from the Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, she's covered labor and economics, the food industry, airlines, and worked as the health and science editor. Her longest stint, ten years, was as a medical and science reporter. She's won a number of national journalism awards, including the 2009 National Headliner Award on the series "Your Choice: Health Care's New Era," the 2016 national Society of Environmental Journalists award for beat reporting, and the 2015 Online News Association first place award in explanatory reporting for the four-part series "Bees on the Brink."


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General Mills tried to help the bees this spring, and instead it got stung. Native plant lovers across the country are complaining that the 1.5…


As hog feedlots grow, neighbors ask: What about our rights?

A struggle over feedlots has spilled over into the state Legislature, where pork producers are trying to limit so-called nuisance suits brought by feedlot neighbors.


Salt levels mean Twin Cities lakes won't support fish by 2050

Twin Cities is a hot spot in a national study of lakes and road-salt runoff. It showed that salt concentrations in the Mississippi, mostly from road salt, have increased 81 percent since 1985.


Minnesota state parks, trails face major budget squeeze

Budget proposals moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would continue what park officials say is a decadelong dilemma: Operating funds for the state's 75 parks have declined, after accounting for inflation, while the number of Minnesotans who use them continues to increase every year.


What pollutes urban Mississippi? Lawns, dogs and lots of pavement

The U of M study takes a close look at precisely where phosphorus and nitrogen come from and where they go in Twin Cities' neighborhoods. It's the first to track how households contribute to water pollution.


PFCs found in another 200 east metro wells

Tighter standards for chemical once used by 3M prompt more drinking water tests.


Trump rescinds Clean Power Plan; state won't see much change

State law and industry forces have already set course toward renewable energy.


Cycling in Minn. creates jobs, cuts health spending, state finds

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's first economic impact analysis of the state's cycling industry also found that 13.6 percent of Twin Cities residents commute by bike, at least once in a while.


U researchers invent nano-sponge to soak up pollution

Breakthrough done so far only in a lab could solve one of most widespread pollution problems.


General Mills' push to sow wildflowers to help bees reaps criticism

Its pollinator seed giveaway was a huge hit, but some advocates challenge the flower mix.