Josephine Marcotty | Star Tribune
Reporter | Environment

Josephine Marcotty has covered the environment in Minnesota for eight years, with expertise in water quality, agriculture, critters and mining. Prior to that she was a medical reporter, with an emphasis on mental illness, transplant medicine and reproductive health care.

Marcotty has been working as a journalist since she attended college at the University Michigan, but has spent most of her career at the Star Tribune. She lives in south Minneapolis — within biking distance of the newsroom — with her husband and her dog. She spends a lot of time on the water, either on the lakes in her neighborhood, or on Lake Superior where she is learning to sail.


Environmental groups file Appeals Court challenge to PolyMet permits

A handful of environmental groups have asked the state Court of Appeals to reject permits granted for Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, a proposal by PolyMet…


Dayton task force finds many ways to give bees a chance, but splits on insecticide use

The members, appointed by the governor, found common ground over better habitat, education, but split over how to reduce pollinators' exposure to neonicotinoids.


Farms and forests could be key to curbing greenhouse gas emissions

Managing landscapes can hold more carbon in soil, grass and trees, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


'Sigh of relief' can turn into turbulence quickly on the Iron Range, like after this PolyMet ruling

Permit approvals for PolyMet open a new chapter in an old struggle.


Advocates ask state to put a hold on PolyMet permits

Legal case questioning mine's size should be resolved first, they say.


PolyMet copper-nickel mine gets green light from DNR

A long, contentious regulatory review ends with permits for the huge copper-nickel mine.


Ramsey County judge allows public review of dairy megafarm to continue

Agricultural groups lose court bid to end public comment period.


Ag industry sues state over public review of Winona County megafarm

Ag groups say MPCA can't extend feedback period.


St. Paul human rights activist, fundraiser Marlene Kayser dies at 79

In 1956 Marlene Kayser was a senior in high school when she joined her first Democratic political campaign — the second presidential run of Adlai…


Herbicide found in Cheerios reignites debate on food safety

Most government regulators and food industry leaders say the pesticide poses no health risk in the amounts that people get in their food.