Environment

"Happy" American Horse locks himself to excavation equipment, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Bipartisan bill divides unions, environmentalists

BY: - October 1, 2019

Legislation that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline and other energy sites is exposing some divisions among Democrats and making allies of business groups and labor unions. Critics, principally environmental advocates, contend the measure would stifle dissent against controversial projects. Proponents, including Democrats allied with labor, are defending it as a worker […]

Banner at Milwaukee climate march 2019 (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin DNR pledges to treat climate change as major issue

BY: - September 30, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Tony Evers has pledged to address climate change as a major state-wide issue. Secretary-designee Preston Cole called climate change, “one of the defining issues of our time,” and made it clear that his agency will back pro-climate policies. “The DNR is entrusted to protect the people’s resources, […]

COMMENTARY

Celebrate nature’s gifts this national Public Lands Day

BY: - September 27, 2019

The air we breathe. The water we drink. The land that nourishes us. All this and more is reason enough to celebrate National Public Lands Day.  Celebrated this year on Saturday, Sept. 28th, National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer event on our public lands, where hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together […]

A teenage activist holds a sign reading "this si the face of the revolution,

Teens lead Milwaukee’s hundreds-strong climate march

BY: - September 21, 2019

Several hundred people gathered at Milwaukee City Hall on Friday, Sept. 20, to take part in the global climate strike. They joined over 4 million people across 163 countries who marched for immediate action by world governments to cut carbon emissions and address the climate crisis. “I want my future children to live in a […]

San Francisco Youth Climate Strike - March 15, 2019

Students prepare for climate strike

BY: - September 20, 2019

“It’s definitely been a little hectic,” 17-year-old Rufus King High School senior and climate activist Ayanna Lee told Wisconsin Examiner. As an executive director of the Youth Climate Action Team, it’s Lee’s responsibility to help organize strikes and marches for her home city of Milwaukee. On Friday, Sept. 20, students nationwide are joining the worldwide […]

Evers joins 14 governors pushing Congress to address PFAS in defense bill

BY: and - September 19, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers joined a group of 14 other Democratic and Republican  governors in sending a letter Wednesday to both the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees backing provisions related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.  In August, Evers issued an executive order on PFAS chemicals, which […]

Aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil. Photo by TV NBR (CC BY 3.0)

Potential mining disaster on the Menominee River?

BY: - September 18, 2019

Michigan and Wisconsin could face devastating environmental damage if an open-pit mine near Lake Michigan releases toxic waste into the two states’ waterways, Al Gedicks reports in Urban Milwaukee. The planned “Back Forty” metallic sulfide mine, owned by Aquila Resources, a Canadian exploration company, would cover 123 acres next to the Menominee River on the […]

Marines fighting fires with foam

Bad Chemistry

BY: - September 17, 2019

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality is tasked with this mission: “To protect a healthy and stable supply of water for residents and industry.”   To that end it has gone around the state hearing testimony from a wide variety of invited groups and speakers–governmental, environmental, industry, farmers, academics and state agencies, among others. […]

Firefighters use a foam product to suppress a blaze. Photo from National PFAS Contamination Coalition, licensed under Creative Commons

DNR plans Marinette chemical contamination listening sessions

BY: - September 17, 2019

As worries persist about contamination from chemicals known as PFAS in and around  Marinette and Peshtigo in northeastern Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources will hold the first of six monthly listening sessions on the issue this Wednesday in Marinette. “People asked the DNR to give folks a forum to ask questions and receive […]

F_35 fighter jet

F-35 stirs strong reaction in Madison

BY: - September 13, 2019

The Air National Guard held a public forum on the plan to bring F-35 fighter jets to Madison’s Truax Field on Thursday night at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center. Public comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) prepared by the Air Force are open until Sept. 27. Worried residents of the […]

Special Memories Zoo sued over animal living conditions

BY: - September 11, 2019

For years, Tanya and Teagan, two endangered tigers, have drawn crowds to the Special Memories roadside zoo in Greenville, Wisconsin. People paid for tickets to gather around their cramped cages. Those same people took pity on the animals for their algae-choked watering holes, rotten food, and unchanged enclosure bedding. Now, the tigers might find a […]

Non-lethal pesticide to be used to deter sandhill cranes

BY: - September 11, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) is moving forward with a new, non-lethal pesticide. Avipel will be applied to corn seed in Wisconsin to discourage sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) from consuming and destroying crops. The news raised concerns for crane advocates who are worried about negative impacts the program may have […]