Nebraska

NEBRASKA

The state of Nebraska is almost 77 thousand square acres, and 92% of that land is made up of farms and ranches. Nebraska is one of the top five states in the nation in agricultural output, and known especially for cattle and calves, hogs, corn, soybeans, and wheat. Almost two million people call Nebraska home.

As the climate crisis continues to escalate and average temperatures in Nebraska continue to rise, the state will face an increase in extreme heat, drought, and flooding. Currently, Nebraska sees an average of 15 days considered dangerously hot per year, but that number could rise to 40 by 2050. More than 45 thousand Nebraskans are considered to be especially vulnerable to extreme heat. Extreme heat increases the demand for water while simultaneously diminishing its availability by evaporating the water from soil. States at risk, of which Nebraska is one, predicts a 70% increase in threat from widespread summer drought by 2050, which will put exorbitant demands on irrigation systems. Livestock are also vulnerable to extreme heat, and so consequently is the economy which depends on them. Even while droughts increase, floods are expected to do so as well. The Great Plains has seen an increase in severe rainstorms over the past 50 years and river levels are rising during floods, particularly in Eastern Nebraska.

Nebraska ranks second in the nation for ethanol production and capacity, producing about 14% of the country’s ethanol. While Nebraska continues to heavily burn coal—the fossil fuel accounting for over 50% of Nebraska’s net electricity generation — the state barely relies on natural gas and is, instead, expanding cleaner energy. 20% of Nebraska’s electricity comes from wind power and 19% comes from nuclear. Nebraska is investing in developing additional renewable resources — with two large wind farms joining the energy mix in 2020.

That said, Nebraska has not enacted a renewable energy standard. Legislators have resisted implementing policy that would help the state prepare for the coming climate challenges and the state lacks an adaptation plan. Senator Patty Pansing Brooks has introduced a measure — that calls upon the University of Nebraska Officials to develop a plan for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change — to be submitted in December of 2020. This plan would aim gaining an understanding of Nebraska’s current emissions and set goals for reducing them, as well as providing estimates on economic implications of climate change for the state’s economy and relevant recommendations.

'I'm scared of my future': Nebraska students testify on climate change

CURRENT NEWS

Climate change symposium hopes to lead to mitigation and prevention practices in Nebraska

By Andrew Ozaki 02/27/24
State emergency management officials said a brushfire burning northwest of North Platte was caused by mowing operations.
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Are you tired of yearly blizzards? Well, Iowa could see fewer blizzards in the years ahead

By Victoria Reyna-Rodriguez 02/26/24
A first-of-its-kind study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows that the Midwest may see a decline in blizzard occurrence, suggesting a reduced risk of winter hazards.
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Crop Yields at Risk in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas, Scientists Warn

By Robyn White 01/16/24
Crop yields are at risk in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas as groundwater continues to be depleted, a study has found.
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State seeks new climatologist as Bathke named interim head of Nebraska State Climate Office

By Paul Hammel 12/19/23
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is conducting a national search for a new state climatologist to replace Martha Durr, who resigned in November after serving nearly eight years in the job
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Latest U.S. climate report issues stark warnings for Midwest agriculture, health and infrastructure

By Kavahn Mansouri 12/04/23
A new report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program shows rising temperatures, extreme precipitation, drought and other climate-related challenges are intensifying in the Midwest. It paints a picture of major changes to lives and…
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Weather experts in Midwest say climate change reporting brings burnout and threats

By Elizabeth Rembert 11/29/23
Chris Gloninger was excited to start his new job as chief meteorologist at KCCI, a TV station in Des Moines, when he moved to Iowa from Boston in 2021. Gloninger had extensive experience — more…
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New USDA Plant Hardiness map shows Nebraska climate in some areas is trending towards warmer temps

By Alex Whitney 11/20/23
Whether its crops in the field or vegetables from your garden, Nebraskans love to grow things.
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‘Unbelievable’ insurance increases are walloping Nebraska homeowners. Climate change is a big reason why.

By Sara Gentzler 09/28/23
When Jenn Burruss got home from work last Wednesday, she started cooking dinner and opening mail. She saw her annual homeowners insurance renewal notice and shuffled it to the bottom of the pile.
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Students urged to get involved, ‘use their voice’ to address climate change

By Paul Hammel 09/22/23
For years, attorney/activist Ken Winston said he had been attending board meetings of the Lincoln Electric System to urge action to combat climate change.
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Nebraska state climatologist resigns: ‘I didn’t have anything left to give’

By Elizabeth Rembert 09/21/23
Nebraska state climatologist Martha Durr has resigned from the position after spending nearly eight years in the role at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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After years of inaction on climate plan, Omaha promises this time will be different

By Chris Bowling 09/06/23
The sun ascended into a vacant late-summer sky as the concrete baked below. Later that day, Omaha’s heat index would reach 109 degrees. But even at 8 a.m., it was too hot for Mike McMeekin,…
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How Will Climate Change Affect Omaha?

By Jane McGill 09/04/23
While Omaha develops its climate plan, The Reader sat down with Martha Durr, Nebraska’s climatologist and a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to understand what threats climate change poses to the Omaha area.
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Nebraska Advances Bill for State Oversight on Wind Farm Projects: Brewer, Erdman Lead the Charge

02/29/24
Nebraska is on the brink of a significant shift in how wind farm projects are regulated, thanks to a legislative push led by Senators Tom Brewer and Steve Erdman. Legislative Bill 399, if passed, will…

The Battle for Nebraska’s Wind Energy: Progress vs. Preservation

02/16/24
In the heart of Nebraska, a fierce debate unfolds over the future of energy, encapsulating the tension between progress and preservation. At the center of this storm is a proposed wind farm in Greeley County,…

Public safety, economic opportunity, China: Renewable energy debate runs hot in Nebraska

02/16/24
And with that, Robert Bernt, an organic farmer in central Nebraska, turned and left the old school gymnasium where the county zoning board was evaluating a proposed wind farm.

Natural hydrogen: a potential clean energy source beneath our feet

01/25/24
Aremote community of mud huts and corrugated iron roofs in the arid savannah of West Africa could be a trailblazer for a new form of carbon-free energy. The residents of Bourakebougou in Mali are the…

What’s in the wind for farmers?

01/10/24
IN THE WIND: Wind energy has been present in Nebraska since 1998, when two turbines were installed near Springview. Today, there are at least 1,500 turbines making up 34 utility scale wind farms in the…

Nebraska climate advocate receives largest climate grant offered to individuals

11/02/23
Nebraska environmental leader Jane Kleeb has received the largest environmental award offered to an individual, a $3 million Climate Breakthrough Award.

Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb exchanges pipeline fight for clean energy with $3 million award

11/01/23
Jane Kleeb, the chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, has been teasing for weeks on social media about a “big surprise,” and several political insiders have speculated she was eyeing a run for the U.S.…

Nebraska added 750 clean energy jobs in 2022, report found

10/18/23
Nebraska clean energy jobs grew by four percent in 2022, according to an analysis of employment data by two environmental firms. That’s more than twice as fast as the overall economy.

Snubbed as a regional ‘hydrogen hub,’ Nebraskans remain charged up about clean energy growth

10/13/23
While Nebraska officials were disappointed Friday at being passed over for a billion-dollar “hydrogen hub” grant, they said the two-year application process strengthened regional alliances and positions the state for other opportunities.

British solar innovator lands on US soil with Nebraska campus installation

10/10/23
240 VirtuHot HD collectors have been installed on the new residence hall, which will heat water for 400 freshers moving in at the end of the summer. The installation will have a peak capacity of…

Weather extremes fuel Nebraska climate plan action

08/30/23
“It’s those events that impact people in a very relevant and local way that I think it starts to change people’s mindset,” Nebraska State Climatologist Martha Durr said. “And they start asking questions like, are…

Ricketts says Nebraska, other rural states won’t be ready for EPA electric vehicle push by 2032

08/29/23
U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., amplified his criticism Tuesday of a proposed Biden administration regulation requiring automakers selling vehicles in the U.S. to cut new vehicles’ tailpipe emissions by two-thirds by 2032.

Rural electric co-ops to get $10.7B in USDA funds for clean energy grants, loans

05/16/23
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin to administer two loan and grant programs worth nearly $11 billion to boost clean energy systems in rural areas, administration officials said Tuesday.

Groundbreaking for a 1-megawatt solar site in Polk County

04/27/23
Polk County Rural Public Power District breaks ground on a new 1MW solar site. The array’s power will be distributed directly to Polk County RPPD’s customer-owners in the form of low fixed-cost energy. The solar…

Governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri throw collective support behind regional ‘hydrogen hub’ bid

04/13/23
Excitement is mounting among state leaders over the possibility that Nebraska and two neighboring states could be named a regional “hydrogen hub,” a designation that would open a door to more than $1 billion in…

Wind of Change: Energy Blows Across Nebraska Thanks to Wind Farms

04/10/23
When Petersburg farmer Larry Temme learned in 2006 that the Nebraska Public Power District wanted to install a wind energy farm, he and Doug Koch, the village’s top economic development official, teamed up to put…

50 states of solar incentives: Nebraska

03/22/23
Nebraska, the Cornhusker State, ranks 13th on the sun index, but is nearly last in the country for solar installations.

Omaha City Council to consider $376K contract for climate consultant

03/06/23
The Omaha City Council on Tuesday will consider paying a Minnesota-based firm up to $376,000 to spearhead the creation of the city’s climate action plan.

Dawson County residents hold a Town Hall to discuss wind farm structures

02/28/23
Dawson County residents held a town hall meeting to discuss an energy resources company movement into their county which some feel is " sneaking around the bush."

Plattsmouth looks to establish clean energy district financing

02/27/23
Plattsmouth’s mayor described a Clean Energy Assessment District the community is considering as a tool for economic development.

Special committee proposed to study small modular nuclear reactors in Nebraska

02/24/23
Members of the Legislature’s Executive Board on Friday heard a plan to create a special committee to study the feasibility of building and operating small modular nuclear reactors in Nebraska.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $11.8M for Clean Water Infrastructure Upgrades Through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Nebraska

02/24/23
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $11,868,000 to Nebraska from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure through this year’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

The U.S. Has Billions for Wind and Solar Projects. Good Luck Plugging Them In

By Brad Plumer 02/23/23
Plans to install 3,000 acres of solar panels in Kentucky and Virginia are delayed for years. Wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota have been abruptly canceled. And programs to encourage Massachusetts and Maine residents…

HIDDEN HYDROGEN

02/16/23
IN THE SHADE of a mango tree, Mamadou Ngulo Konaré recounted the legendary event of his childhood. In 1987, well diggers had come to his village of Bourakébougou, Mali, to drill for water, but had…

Over 16 GW of planned wind capacity in SPP supported by robust financial outlook

By Adam Wilson 06/08/22
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) territory is located right in the center of the continental U.S. and is home to some of the strongest average wind speeds in the country. This, combined with generally flat,…

Omaha Metro Transit to begin use of electric buses this week

03/29/22
Electric buses will be on the streets of Omaha starting this week. Metro Transit announced three new fully-electric buses will make their debut this week. Metro says the buses are the first all-electric buses in…

Norfolk’s 8.5-megawatt solar farm nearing completion

03/22/22
Construction on the largest solar energy project in the state of Nebraska is approaching the finish line. Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning said when completed, the city’s solar farm will have more than 25,000 panels in…

Orsted completes 298MW Nebraska Haystack

03/21/22
The project is Orsted's first onshore project using 5MW Siemens Gamesa turbines and brings the company's US onshore wind and solar capacity in operation to over 3GW.

Could Nebraska and Iowa go nuclear as part of shift away from fossil fuels?

02/21/22
New technology is being tested that proponents say could make nuclear power plants safer, more flexible and more affordable than traditional nuclear plants. Additionally, state and federal governments are reworking regulations and incentives to encourage…

5 States Updated Or Adopted New Clean Energy Standards In 2021

By Richard Bowers 02/01/22
As of the end of 2021, 31 states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards (RPS) or clean energy standards (CES). These polices require electricity suppliers to supply a set share of their…

Five states updated or adopted new clean energy standards in 2021

02/01/22
As of the end of 2021, 31 states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards (RPS) or clean energy standards (CES). These policies require electricity suppliers to supply a set share of their…

In a red-state first, Nebraska plans to decarbonize power sector by mid-century

By Zoya Teirstein 12/10/21
Nebraska is a reliably red state. The last time Nebraskans backed a Democrat in a presidential election was 1964. Former president Donald Trump won the state in 2016 by a double-digit margin. So it’s no…

University Of Nebraska At Omaha Sustainability Master Plan

04/16/20
The University of Nebraska at Omaha has developed substantial capacity in academics, operations, and outreach relevant to sustainability without any central coordination, and has the opportunity to do much more. Progress in this area enhances…

NEBRASKA – STATE ENERGY / CLIMATE PLAN

04/16/20
State energy plans (SEPs) are developed in order to provide guidance for meeting current and future energy needs sustainably, reliably, and cost-effectively. While the motivations for developing a SEP are likely to vary across states,…

Climate Action Plan Framework for University of Nebraska-Lincoln

04/16/20
An Undergraduate Thesis Proposal Climate Action Plan Framework for University of Nebraska - Lincoln

CITY OF LINCOLN, NEBRASKA’S CLIMATE ACTION CONTRIBUTION

04/16/20
This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

KEY RESOURCES

Nebraska State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/22/21
Located in the center of the continental United States, Nebraska is a Plains state with rolling hills that include about 20,000 square miles of ancient sand dunes beneath the prairie grasses. Those sandhills cover more…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Nebraska

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Nebraska experienced two severe floods and six severe storms. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Nebraska

07/31/20
Nebraska’s climate is already changing. In the past century, most of the state has warmed by at least one degree Fahrenheit. Rainstorms are becoming more intense, and annual rainfall is increasing. In the future, Nebraska…

CLIMATE CHANGE

04/16/20
Many in the conservation community believe that climate change will be the greatest challenge to conserving biological diversity in the coming decades. Climate change is already having significant impacts on wild species and ecosystems, and…

Climate Change Implications for Nebraska

04/16/20
Climate change poses significant risks to Nebraska’s economy, environment and citizens. There is a need for unbiased sources of information on the issue across the state.

Nebraska’s Climate Threats

04/16/20
Explore graphics, interactives and news about Nebraska's climate threats.

Nebraskans for Solar

04/16/20
Nebraskans for Solar (NFS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in January 2012. We work with allied nonprofits and agencies, schools, businesses and individuals to advance renewable energy in our state and to raise awareness…

LEGISLATIVE BILL 283

04/16/20
A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to climate; to provide duties for the University of Nebraska; to transfer funds; to require reports.

MORE NEWS

Drought and extreme heat burn through farmers’ margin for error — and it’s only July

By Annie Probert, J.J. McCorvey and Evan Bush   07/14/23  
Record-breaking heat and pockets of drought are baking farmland across the country, threatening crop yields and squeezing out any remaining wiggle room to cope with more extreme weather this summer.
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Gov. Jim Pillen declares May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska

By Mike Brownlee   05/04/23  
Gov. Jim Pillen on Thursday designated May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska during a proclamation ceremony at the State Capitol.
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Climate activists lead strike at Nebraska Capitol

By Lauren Penington   04/24/23  
Friday afternoon, Embrace Nebraska and other groups dedicated to raising awareness about climate change, marched from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's union to the steps of the state Capitol.
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Nebraska students demand action by elected officials on growing climate crisis

By Alex Whitney   04/14/23  
From unprecedented flooding to extreme droughts and wildfires, the growing effects of climate change are becoming impossible to ignore.
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State awarded $3 million in federal funds for climate impact study

By Paul Hammel   03/31/23  
The State of Nebraska has been awarded $3 million in federal funds to develop plans to cut climate pollution and build a clean energy economy.
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Ne Governor Says Renewable Fuels Fastest Way To Meet Climate Goals

By Kellan Heavican   03/21/23  
During a stop on his yearly Ag Day Tours at Oak Barn Beef in West Point, Nebraska’s Jim Pillen told Brownfield EV’s may work in urban areas but not on farms, “It’s going to have…
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State confirms it has applied for federal funding for state climate plan

By Paul Hammel   03/14/23  
A state official confirmed Monday that Nebraska has applied for $3 million from the federal Inflation Reduction Act to finance a state climate plan.
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The View from Above: Climate Change Poses Threats to Nebraska’s Birds — And People

By Chris Bowling and Elizabeth Miller   03/13/23  
The back office was cramped and drafty. Bags of bird feed reached toward the ceiling as employees for Wild Bird Habitat Store wheeled shipments through an open garage door, their breath fogging in the February…
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Are CO2 Pipelines Regulated? By Whom?

03/08/23  
Currently, there are about 5,000 miles of carbon dioxide pipelines in the United States, used mostly to inject it underground to move oil to the surface through enhanced oil recovery. The 2021 infrastructure law, which…
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Weather stations that provide critical climate data are threatened by unstable funding

By Elizabeth Rembert   03/06/23  
Accurate weather information is important for farmers, emergency responders and researchers managing extreme conditions. But many monitoring networks are limited by unstable, patchwork funding.
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Pesky rain and snow showers in central and eastern Nebraska. Find out how long they’ll stick around here

By Matt Holiner   03/02/23  
Lots of clouds across the southern half of the state Thursday with light rain and snow showers in spots. See when the activity will come to an end and when we'll break into some good…
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Health impact adds to climate change concerns in Nebraska

03/01/23  
Nebraska’s average temperature has risen to the point where it is on par with the Dust Bowl decade of the 1930s and, within the next 30 years, is expected to rise more than the 1.6…
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Spread of redcedar tree may threaten quantity, quality of Nebraska’s water

By Scott Schrage   02/24/23  
Though planting the eastern redcedar tree in grasslands often began as an effort to establish windbreaks against dangerous gusts and detrimental erosion, the woody vegetation has since spread well beyond those shelterbelt origins. In the…
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February Health Matters: Climate change already impacting Nebraskans’ health

By Nancy Gaarder and Julie Anderson   02/19/23  
Like so many 8-year-old kids, Easton Gray loved being outside, so it was no surprise that a summer day last year found him doing what he loved: swimming in the Elkhorn River.
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Darling Ingredients Inc. Announces Off-Take Agreement with Cattlemen’s Heritage Beef Company, Planned Expansion of Bellevue, Nebraska, Plant

02/14/23  
Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR), the world's leading company turning food waste into sustainable products and producer of renewable energy, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Cattlemen's Heritage Beef Company to…
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City of Lincoln decides to use Missouri River as second water source

By Matt Chibe and Matthew Mittlieder   02/06/23  
For the past nine months, city leaders and water experts have been discussing recommendations on one of the biggest projects Lincoln’s ever undertaken.
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Bison return program is now helping Native American ranchers build herds

By Paul Hammel   11/03/22  
For years, Wayne Frederick and his father managed a herd of bison held by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of south-central South Dakota. But now, a unique partnership between a tribal nonprofit that helps Native ranchers…
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Why the Inflation Reduction Act is an economic winner for rural America

By Josh Ewing   08/09/22  
Last week, my family’s ranch — which we have owned for five generations — and the home my grandfather built were utterly destroyed in a wildfire that claimed two other homes and more than 15,000…
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Over 16 GW of planned wind capacity in SPP supported by robust financial outlook

By Adam Wilson   06/08/22  
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) territory is located right in the center of the continental U.S. and is home to some of the strongest average wind speeds in the country. This, combined with generally flat,…
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Students among those asking Nebraska lawmakers to acknowledge climate crisis

By Erin Bamer   03/22/22  
Lincoln student Alex Hamric pleaded with Nebraska lawmakers to, at a minimum, recognize the impacts of climate change, but the 14-year-old was doubtful that his words would hold any weight.
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Ørsted completes onshore wind farm Haystack Wind in Nebraska

03/21/22  
Located in Wayne County, Nebraska, Haystack Wind utilizes existing interconnection infrastructure in Southwest Power Pool (SPP) North from Ørsted's 230 MW onshore wind farm Plum Creek Wind, located nearby. Between the two projects, Ørsted has…
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From a polar vortex to December tornadoes, Nebraska saw plenty of weird weather in 2021

By Nancy Gaarder   03/17/22  
From the polar vortex to wildfires and flooding, Nebraska residents got another taste in 2021 of the potent consequences of the state’s naturally extreme weather in a climate-changed world. Indeed, the year was bookended by…
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Red-state voters want clean energy too — just look at Nebraska

By John Matson   03/03/22  
Nebraska turned more than a few heads recently when public officials there adopted net-zero carbon goals across the electricity sector. After all, clean energy has often been framed as a partisan issue, and solidly Republican…
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5 States Updated Or Adopted New Clean Energy Standards In 2021

By Richard Bowers   02/01/22  
As of the end of 2021, 31 states and the District of Columbia had renewable portfolio standards (RPS) or clean energy standards (CES). These polices require electricity suppliers to supply a set share of their…
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Changing climate, more energy in atmosphere drive Wednesday’s unusual weather

By Chris Dunker   01/22/22  
The question, according to Martha Shulski, Nebraska's state climatologist, isn't whether climate change caused the wild weather on Wednesday. Rather, Shulski said the question is: "How much worse was it made by climate change?"
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In a red-state first, Nebraska plans to decarbonize power sector by mid-century

By Zoya Teirstein   12/10/21  
Nebraska is a reliably red state. The last time Nebraskans backed a Democrat in a presidential election was 1964. Former president Donald Trump won the state in 2016 by a double-digit margin. So it’s no…
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Nebraska receives $3 million for climate-smart infrastructure

By Nolan Dorn   12/07/21  
The Acting Nebraska State Director for USDA Rural Development Kim Martini announced on Tuesday that $3 million worth of department funds will be awarded to the state. “These funds will help local communities better prepare…
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Looking at 60 years of climate change data in Nebraska

By Chris Swaim   11/23/21  
Climate change is not about seeing one warm winter, it is about a bigger picture. To see evidence of climate change, we have to look for changes in our winter averages over multiple decades.
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Omaha and Lincoln meet to tackle climate change, affordable housing and other issues faced by both cities

By Isabella Basco   11/17/21  
On Tuesday, Lincoln and Omaha's city councils banded together for a joint summit — giving city leaders the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other and tackle key issues like climate action, affordable housing and…
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Omaha to Develop Action Plan to Combat Climate Change

By Associated Press   11/05/21  
Omaha plans to join hundreds of other U.S. cities by trying to come up with strategies to combat climate change. While the Nebraska Legislature has rejected calls for a statewide plan, Omaha will lead a…
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Climate Scientists Forecast High Temperatures Into the Fall

By Henry Fountain   09/16/21  
After a summer of blistering heat across much of the country, the hotter-than-normal conditions that have contributed to severe drought across the West are forecast to continue into the fall, scientists with the National Oceanic…
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Lancaster County Board will allow solar panels on acreage ‘outlots’ despite homeowners’ objections

By Maragaret Reist   09/12/21  
Achange in Lancaster County’s zoning laws will now allow a company planning the state’s largest solar farm east of Lincoln to apply for a special permit to expand its footprint farther east.
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USDA accepts more grassland CRP signup

By Staff Reporter   09/11/21  
 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program signup, the agency said in a…
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Standing Rock is Everywhere: The Indigenous Heart of the Climate Change Fight

By Alan J. Richard   09/10/21  
This is a story of victory for the earth and of the end of the Keystone XL pipeline. It also involves the Dakota Access pipeline and the Standing Rock Lakota reservation, indeed the entire world,…
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Carbon Capture from Nebraska Ethanol Plants Proposed

By Fred Knapp   09/03/21  
Big plans are being proposed to capture carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Nebraska and pipe it away for storage. Supporters say that’ll help fight climate change, but critics say it’ll just postpone long-range solutions.
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Monolith company to hire 200 employees, invest millions in Lincoln

By Jael Pembrick   09/01/21  
This is in response to the company’s rapid growth who has its headquarters and Olive Creek production facility in Lincoln.
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New analysis highlights conservation practices in Nebraska

By Ryan Evans   08/28/21  
The majority of Nebraska farms with more than 1,000 acres of cropland utilized at least one of the regenerative cropping practices of planting cover crops, no-till and reduced tillage between 2012 and 2017, according to…
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Climate change fuels more ‘fire-prone’ days beyond U.S. West coast

By David Sherfinski   08/25/21  
Climate change is fueling conditions for more rapid growth of wildfires in the western United States - including in some places, from Oklahoma to Nebraska, that may not expect them, researchers said Wednesday.
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Omaha’s Extreme Weather and the “Code Red for Humanity” Report

By Hannah Michelle Bussa   08/19/21  
On August 7, flash floods hit Omaha, catching national attention and damaging businesses, cars, homes and the sewers in some parts of the city.
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State climatologist talks about climate change impact on Nebraska

By Madison Pitsch   08/10/21  
 The United Nations sounded the alarm on climate change Thursday, following a new report they called “a code red for humanity.”
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Nebraska takes steps to fight climate change alongside Biden’s new executive order

By Nicole Weaving   08/09/21  
 The Biden administration is taking a new step to fight climate change with an executive order aimed at making half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 electric.
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Nebraska’s first solar battery project helps power Burt County

By Jose Zozaya   07/10/21  
Take a drive along Highway 75, heading north past Tekamah, you will most likely see green spaces from any angle, punctuated by farmland and homes.
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Hay helps rural Nebraskans explore clean energy options

By Russell Schaffer   06/24/21  
“Success isn’t always choosing to install solar,” he said. “Success is doing a good analysis of the resources to make the best decision.”
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Competing resolutions debated at legislative hearing

By Alex Whitney   05/19/21  
Considering some of the resolutions introduced in this session Nebraska's supposedly non-partisan legislature is definitely playing a lot of politics as two competing resolutions look to set Nebraska's stance on a litany of hot button…
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AgLines: Nebraska Farm Bureau joins Food, Agriculture Climate Alliance

By Robert Pore   05/16/21  
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted recently to join the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. The group consists of organizations representing a cross-section of farmers, ranchers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments…
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Op-Ed:  The meat industry is doing exactly what Big Oil does to fight climate action

By Jennifer Jacquet   05/15/21  
Companies have spent millions to downplay the links between animal agriculture and climate change
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As the Climate Warms, Could the U.S. Face Another Dust Bowl?

By Nathaniel Scharping   05/13/21  
Growing up in rural Iowa in the 1990s, Isaac Larsen remembers a unique herald of springtime. The snowbanks piled along roads, once white or gray, would turn black. The culprit was windblown dust, stirred from…
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Nebraska governor bribes people to eat more meat with ‘beef passport’ and prizes

By Josh Israel   05/07/21  
Nebraska's governor is so worried that people might eat vegetable proteins that he is endorsing a special "passport" for enthusiastic beef eaters. Republican Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday that, in partnership with the Nebraska Beef Council,…
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Building Ranch Resiliency in South Dakota and Nebraska program aims to improve land quality on 40 ranches

By Jody Heemstra   04/30/21  
The US Department of Agriculture is investing $330 million in 85 locally driven, public-private partnerships to address climate change, improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural…
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Nance County votes to oppose 30 x 30 climate agenda, USDA rejects land grab claims

By Steve White   04/28/21  
Opposition grows to Pres. Biden's climate change agenda as Nance County votes to oppose what some see as a "land grab", a claim the ag secretary rejects. The concern is that the White House is…
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