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Pesticide manufacturers’ own tests reveal serious harm to honeybees

From The Guardian, September 22, 2016 – Bayer and Syngenta criticized for secrecy after unpublished research obtained under freedom of information law linked high doses of their products to damage to the health of bee colonies. Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls […]

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Investors urge food companies to shift from meat to plants

From Reuters, September 26, 2016 – A group of 40 investors managing $1.25 trillion in assets have launched a campaign to encourage 16 global food companies to change the way they source protein for their products to help to reduce environmental and health risks. The investors, which include the fund arm of insurer Aviva and several […]

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Utilities’ moves expand wind, natural gas

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 22, 2016 – Moves to shift more power generation in the Midwest from coal to cleaner alternatives advanced Thursday with separate announcements in Minneapolis and Beloit. Xcel Energy announced a plan projected to cost more than $2 billion to greatly enhance its generation of wind power for utilities serving Minnesota, […]

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Proposed Dane County Budget Includes $2M In Solar Panels

From Wisconsin Public Radio, September 22, 2016 – The proposed 2017 Dane County budget from county executive Joe Parisi would triple the county’s production of solar power and create a new department to oversee energy and climate change. This electronic billboard would be powered by solar energy from rooftop panels on nearby county-owned buildings on the […]

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Wisconsin Remains Second In US For Number Of Organic Farms

From Wisconsin Public Radio, September 19, 2016 – Wisconsin continues to have the second most certified organic farms in the country behind California. With 1,205 organic farms, the state saw a slight decrease in the number of farms and acres operated in 2015, according to the latest report from the United States Department of Agriculture. Nationally, […]

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Local orchard owners embracing ‘eat ugly apples’ campaign

From Madison.com, September 18, 2016 – Popular varieties of apples such as Honeycrisp and Cortland labeled as “cosmetically challenged” are sold along with those that made it through the 2016 growing season unscarred at the quaint Door Creek Orchard in the town of Cottage Grove. Unlike some orchards that prefer not to sell apples with blemishes […]

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Smaller homes appeal to both empty nesters and millennials

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 11, 2016 –  With both sons grown and out of the house, Vicki and Steve Gall decided it was time to move from their 4,000-square-foot home in Mequon to a home less than half its size in Cedarburg. “We lived in Mequon for more than 16 years and raised […]

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Groundwater Council Highlights State’s Water Quality Struggles

From the Door County Pulse, September 9. 2016 – The need for increased testing of private wells is one of the findings in the annual report of the Groundwater Coordinating Council (GCC), which was released last week. Nearly three-quarters of Wisconsin residents rely on groundwater as the primary source for their drinking water and the report […]

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School districts purchasing more Wisconsin food

From The Star, September 9, 2016 – What happens when three school districts collectively buy Wisconsin local food for school meals; students and school staff benefit by eating fresh food packed with more nutrients, a smaller carbon footprint which results in less carbon in our atmosphere, and area institutions are supporting community local food growers and […]

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Energy Sprawl is the Largest Driver of Land Use Change in the U.S.

From Cool Green Science, September 8,  2016 – According to a new paper out today in PLOS ONE, energy sprawl – the development of new land area required for energy production – is, and will likely continue to be, the largest driver of land use change in the United States for the foreseeable future. “Most people […]

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FDA bans antibacterial soaps containing triclosan

From STAT, September 2, 2016 – WASHINGTON — In a major victory for environmentalists and public health advocates, the US Food and Drug Administration today banned the use of triclosan as an ingredient in antibacterial soaps, saying that such cleaners were no better than regular soap, and could be harmful. Despite a long and expensive lobbying […]

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Aimed at Zika Mosquitoes, Spray Kills Millions of Honeybees

From the New York Times, September 1, 2016 – The Monday morning scene at Juanita Stanley’s apiary in Summerville, S.C., was ghastly and stunningly quiet: Everywhere one looked were clumps of honeybees, dead after a dousing on Sunday with the potent pesticide with which the local authorities had intended to kill mosquitoes. “There was no need […]

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