Elizabeth Dunbar

Elizabeth Dunbar

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
edunbar@mpr.org
(651) 290-1287


Elizabeth Dunbar covers the environment for MPR News. She joined the organization in October 2009 after five years of reporting and editing for The Associated Press in Minneapolis, Louisville, Ky., and Raleigh, N.C. Elizabeth grew up in Iowa and studied journalism at the University of Minnesota, where she landed her first reporting job at The Minnesota Daily. One of her most memorable reporting experiences was helping cover the 2006 Kentucky Derby. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter @edunbarMPR.

Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

Jenni Lansing, an environmental inspector
From dry cleaning fluids to auto body shop paints, everyday chemicals can taint the air. In Minneapolis, officials are studying this type of pollution and working to reduce it. (06/29/2015)
Mining waste mixed with water and road debris made its way into 15.3 acres of wetlands, roughly the size of 11 football fields. (06/24/2015)
Jim Riddle speaks
Legislators and others voiced their disappointment, saying they'll try to bring the board back. (06/23/2015)
Pope Francis called for people to reduce waste, switch to cleaner forms of energy and redefine progress and development. Minnesota Catholics say the challenge will be converting his words to action. (06/18/2015)
The growing scientific knowledge on climate change needs to make its way to classrooms, the federal government's coordinator on climate change education told Minnesota teachers this week. (06/17/2015)
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens' Board, once one of the state's most powerful citizen bodies, will shut down next week, the victim of a special session legislative deal. (06/16/2015)
The decision lets Canadian pipeline company Enbridge move forward on the Sandpiper line. It could still take months to approve Sandpiper's route across Minnesota. (06/05/2015)
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hears testimony today on whether the Sandpiper pipeline proposed by Enbridge Energy is needed to transport North Dakota crude to refineries in the Midwest. (06/03/2015)
Geronimo Energy's Aurora project will build up to 21 solar generation facilities across the state to supply electricity to Xcel Energy customers. (05/28/2015)
DNR researchers have relied on time-consuming and expensive surveys to compile that information. But they are rethinking that approach in favor of the nearly ubiquitous smartphone. (05/27/2015)
The ban, which firefighters supported, takes effect July 2018 and bans four flame-retardant chemicals from children's products and upholstered furniture. (05/20/2015)
Environmental groups complain that, even though the bill includes language on buffers to protect state waterways, it would delay water quality rules, hurt bees and go easy on polluters. (05/18/2015)
As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, environmentalists are concerned that a budget deal could harm efforts to protect Minnesota's lakes and rivers and develop clean energy. (05/15/2015)
The compromise will temporarily prevent state regulators from forcing companies to invest in new treatment technologies to protect wild rice. (05/14/2015)
Decades ago, firefighters were in favor of adding chemicals to furniture and other products that would make things burn more slowly. But now, they say those same chemicals are making firefighters sick. (05/11/2015)