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Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation Releases Results of Biogas Survey

The Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) recently released the results of its Wisconsin Biogas Survey, which provides a comprehensive look into the state’s biogas industry. The goal of the survey was to identify primary operational challenges, key financial barriers to project development and opportunities for future industry development. OEI surveyed representatives from 146 facilities, including those […]

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Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children

From The Guardian, June 13, 2016 –  New research is first to establish the link and builds on other evidence that children are particularly vulnerable to even low levels of pollution.   A major new study has linked air pollution to increased mental illness in children, even at low levels of pollution. The new research found that […]


43% of Products Marketed to Kids are Artificially Dyed, Study Finds

From the EIN News, June 13, 2016 – 43% of Products Marketed to Kids are Artificially Dyed, Study Finds – Of 810 products marketed to children, 350, or 43 percent of them, contained Red 40, Yellow 5, or other artificial food dyes, according to new research published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. Candies marketed to kids had […]


WPPI Energy seeks expanded supply of renewable power

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 6, 2016 –  A public-power supplier based in Sun Prairie is seeking proposals to add renewable energy for its local utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. WPPI Energy said Monday it is seeking about 100 megawatts of wind power or possibly other renewable energy resources. WPPI is already a leader […]

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State beekeepers battle dramatic honeybee losses

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 5, 2016 –  Denise Palkovich’s honeybees are settling in this summer at her Fond du Lac home, but it’s unclear if they’ll live to see next season. Palkovich oversees the hives with a hint of concern. Last winter and spring, all seven of her hives died off before beekeeping season, […]

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Widely used U.S. farm chemical atrazine may threaten animals: EPA

From Reuters, June 2, 2016 –  One of the most popular herbicides in U.S. agriculture can be dangerous to animals and fish and leaves behind worrisome residue levels, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a draft report that sparked outrage among farmers. The agency’s assessment of atrazine could lead to tighter regulatory limits […]


Garbage entrepreneurs are turning food waste into a business

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 23, 2016 – Part-time waitress, full-time garbage entrepreneur — Melissa Tashjian has carved out a niche helping turn smelly food scraps into a dark, rich medium to grow more fruits and vegetables. Two years ago, Tashjian started her little business, Compost Crusader LLC, with a small, slow-moving dump truck and […]

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Poky Pedaling – Shop & Donate by Bike

May 21, 2016, Sunday, Bukholt Park, Stevens Point, WI –  12:45 pm near the Skate Park – Poky Pedaling Stevens Point (PPSP) is creating charity-themed Bike Fun for the opening Poky Pedal of 2016. Shop & Donate by Bike is the first of seven events on the recently released 2016 Bike Fun Calendar. During Shop & Donate […]


Sustainable Homes in Action

May 21, 2016, Saturday – Start off the day with a light brunch and learn about the basics of installing solar during a Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Solar Power HourSM. Then head off to tour the countryside and visit with local homeowners who have incorporated sustainable practices and renewable energy into their homes! See the line-up and descriptions of homes […]


Powering Your Plate – Renewable Farm Tour

May 20 & 21, 2016, Friday and Saturday – Join Farmshed, Golden Sands RC&D, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), and North Wind Renewable Energy on a tour of Central Wisconsin farms. Friday, begin with a Solar Power Hour at Farmshed and then board a bust to tour a diverse group of farms all of which employ renewable systems […]

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Is your food ‘natural’? FDA to weigh in

From the New York Times, May 17, 2016 – Can you define the word “natural”? The Food and Drug Administration is certainly trying. Since 2014, the agency has asked the public to weigh in on how the term should be defined and used on food labels — or whether it is even appropriate for the F.D.A. […]


Manitowoc factory lands wind tower orders

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 13, 2016 – Broadwind Energy Inc. has been awarded $34 million in orders for production of tall steel towers for wind turbines, to be made in Manitowoc and Texas. The Cicero, Ill.-based company said this week the orders came from two U.S. turbine manufacturers and that the towers will be […]

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Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest

From the New York Times, May 10, 2016 – Scientists have been warning for decades that climate change is a threat to the immense tracts of forest that ring the Northern Hemisphere, with rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow contributing to a growing number of wildfires. The near-destruction of a Canadian city last […]

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Gardeners flock to bees’ defense and push to dump pesticide

From the Minnesota StarTribune, May 8, 2016 – Thousands of gardeners, wagons in tow, lined up at the State Fair grandstand this weekend for the Friends School plant sale as they jockeyed for position at the official start of Minnesota’s annual spring planting frenzy. They were also standing at the forefront of what has been a […]

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Two of the world’s top three insecticides harm bumblebees

From The Guardian, April 28, 2016 – Two of the world’s most widely used insecticides cause significant harm to bumblebee colonies, a new study has found, but a third had no effect. The work shows the distinct effects of each type of neonicotinoid pesticide, from cuts in live bees and eggs to changed sex ratios and […]