climate change

Wisconsin Research: Fuel Mandate Fueling Climate Change

Nov 24, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. -- A new report examines how the expansion of cropland in Wisconsin and other states as the result of the ethanol mandate has contributed to the surge in climate change pollution.

The mandate, enacted in 2007, requires certain amounts of plant-derived fuels to be blended into gasoline. Research from the University of Wisconsin found that, as a result, more than 7 million acres of habitat have been plowed under for corn and soy across the country.

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MADISON, Wis. - Experts on climate, wildlife habitat, winter sports and other outdoor activities will participated  in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Science Fest.

Pat Durkin, a veteran outdoorsman and president of the state Outdoor Writers Association, moderated a panel of scientists and specialists,  about the impact of climate change on outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.

A speaker coming to Nicolet College in Rhinelander Wednesday says each person is responsible to tackle climate change.

Pam McVety will present the "ABC's of Climate Change and Science..."

Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Nicolet College Theatre. McVety retired after a 30 year career with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection where she became deputy secretary of the agency.

She says action must be taken now to stop even worse changes...

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MADISON, Wis. - A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering linked to vitamin deficiencies.

Next we hear from Dan Barth of the Citizen's Climate Lobby, Marathon County Chapter.

Barth is the guest speaker Wednesday at noon at the Tomahawk Public Library, speaking at the invitation of the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods.

The Citizen's Climate lobby has a non-partisan proposal, authored by a former President Ronald Reagan Secretary of State, to work on climate change based on a market place solution.

Dan Barth spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall...

Barth says they are hoping to start a chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby in the Northwoods.

DNR Quietly Changes Climate Change Stance

Dec 29, 2016
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The state D-N-R no longer blames "human activities" for the heat trapping greenhouse gases which cause climate change.

An agency web page about the Great Lakes now says the reasons for earth's change are being "debated and researched by academic entities." Walker environmental critic and former local leader and news reporter James Rowan uncovered the position change in his blog.

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Forests in the Northwoods and Upper Peninsula may look different in the next century thanks to a warming climate.  Anew report from the U.S. Forest Service predicts fewer of some types of conifers and more hardwoods in northern forests. 

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Advocates and industry leaders are beginning to digest the EPA’s proposed rule package on carbon emissions for power plants.  The plan would require Wisconsin power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 34 percent between 2005 and 2030. 

Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says the proposed changes are modest ones, and will be economic drivers for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels.

Climate Change: Good for Walleye?

Aug 27, 2013
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A changing climate could bring one piece of good news for walleye fishermen. 

A study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says increasing temperatures in Lake Superior will expand habitat for fish that thrive in slightly warmer water, like walleye, Chinook salmon and lean lake trout.  Researcher Jim Kitchell says that means populations of certain fish in Lake Superior could increase in coming years.