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Road salt can change sex ratios in frog populations, study says

From the Yale News, November 22, 2016. Naturally occurring chemicals found in road salts commonly used to de-ice paved surfaces can alter the sex ratios in nearby frog populations, a phenomenon that could reduce the size and viability of species populations, according to a new study co-led by scientists at Yale and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. […]


2014 Organic Survey – Wisconsin

From the USDA. The 2014 Organic Survey was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in conjunction with USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). The 2014 Organic Survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers in the United States that are certified, exempt from certification (those grossing less […]


Corporate wave to cut carbon continues under Trump

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 20, 2016. Businesses don’t even bother using terms like global warming or climate change when they discuss the subject. “They talk about carbon,” said Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “It’s ‘business speak’ for climate change. They’re measuring, as opposed to mulling or ignoring.” The change is […]


Lettuce Go to the Winter Farmers Market

From the UWSP Pointer, November 16, 2016. Featuring baked goods, coffee vendors, locally grown produce, meat, eggs and Chef C’s Munchie Mobile, Farmshed’s first winter farmers market has something for everyone. The seed for the event was planted when Redeemer Lutheran Church approached Farmshed offering to host a winter market in their gymnasium. Layne Cozzolino, […]


Wastewater Treatment Facility Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

From the UWSP Pointer, November 15, 2016. In September, the Stevens Point Wastewater Treatment Plant received a certificate of recognition for “innovative and forward thinking practices that are providing sustainable, efficient and value-added services to the community.” The certification evaluated public and private utilities from across the United States, Canada and Denmark on their sustainability […]

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Sunny disposition: Falling prices fuel solar boom

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 9, 2016. Solar power appears to be on the verge of something big. Records are being set at the national and local levels when it comes to adding solar panels, and new technology announcements have folks turning their heads about turning to the sun to power their homes. Buoyed […]


U.S. Organic Farmland Hits Record 4.1 Million Acres in 2016

From Civil Eats, November 9, 2016 A new report has found that U.S. land for organic farming reached 4.1 million acres in 2016, a new record and an 11 percent increase compared to 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms in the U.S. reached 14,979, a 6.2 percent increase of 1,000 […]


Got brook trout? Then you’ve also got a healthy stream

From the Bay Journal, November 2, 2016. The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a small, brilliantly colored freshwater fish native to clear, cold streams and rivers in the headwaters of the Bay watershed. It’s also the state fish of New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Brook trout are recognized by their dark green back […]

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Wisconsin’s Lead Levels Not Far From Flint, Michigan

From WXPR, November 1, 2016. Wisconsin’s blood lead poisoning levels among children are similar to the 2015 rate in Flint, Mich., according to a new report from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF). Last week was National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and blood lead poisoning is termed a preventable problem by health experts. […]


These are Tesla’s stunning new solar roof tiles for homes

From TechCrunch, October 28, 2016 Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn’t kidding when he said that the new Tesla solar roof product was better looking than an ordinary roof: the roofing replacement with solar energy gathering powers does indeed look great. It’s a far cry from the obvious and somewhat weird aftermarket panels you see […]


Healthy Wisconsin lakes focus of new children’s book

From University of Wisconsin-Extension, October 26, 2016 As the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Lynn Markham travels around the state talking with local government officials, lakes groups and retirees about caring for the state’s lakes, she hears people say they would have done things differently years ago if they’d had the information available today. “I started to […]

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Food Industry Goes Beyond Looks to Fight Waste

From The New York Times, October 24, 2016 – Duck-shaped potatoes. Curvy cucumbers. Broken carrots. Some food sellers, after decades of displaying piles of identical, aesthetically pleasing produce, are starting to sell slightly less beautiful — but still tasty — fruits and vegetables. Millions of tons of food are thrown out or left to rot in […]


Mother Earthling

From Syracuse Newtimes, October 19, 2016 If you go leaf peeping and consider the stunning displays of reds and oranges and yellows simply wallpaper pasted in the sky for your entertainment, you’re doing nature wrong, says Robin Kimmerer. “Those are our relatives,” she said. “We are all related, and the birds and the trees and […]


Wind Is the New Corn for Struggling Farmers

From Bloomberg Business Week, October 6, 2016 – Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago. As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has become […]


State may spend Focus on Energy fees on broadband

From the Journal Sentinel, October 18, 2016 Wisconsin energy regulators are considering a move to expand funding for broadband internet services via fees collected on monthly electric and natural gas bills. The move is being contemplated, the state Public Service Commission says, with an eye toward expanding the reach of the state’s Focus on Energy […]