With 5.9 million residents, Wisconsin is the 20th largest state in population and, in land area, the state’s 54,310 square miles make it the 25th largest in the nation. The meeting place of three major ecological zones: northern coniferous forests, prairies, and southern hardwood forests, Wisconsin also has wetlands and inexplicable sandstone buttes. It also borders two great lakes and has many smaller lakes itself, most carved by glaciers

Wisconsinites are already witnessing major change to their state’s climate, especially in regards to rising temperatures, drought, and flooding. Already 2°F warmer than it was in the beginning of the 20th century, and  predicted to warm by up to 11°F by mid-century, scientists predict that by 2050 Wisconsin will see two weeks per year with heat indexes above 100°F. Oddly, although Wisconsin is known for its sub-zero winters, extreme heat is actually the #1 weather-related cause of death in the state, accounting for more fatalities than all other weather disasters combined, including tornadoes, floods, and blizzards. 

Warmer air holds more water, leading to more precipitation, especially heavy precipitation. It is not surprising, therefore, that 2019 was the single wettest year on record for Wisconsin, along with the rest of the Midwest. Over the last 30 years, the region has seen a 15% increase in annual precipitation compared to the first half of the twentieth century. 2019’s downpours predictably led to major floods, costing the region $6.2 billion and at least four lives.

Although precipitation is expected to increase as a whole, Wisconsin is still facing a serious drought problem. There may not be more droughts than before, but when they occur they’ll be more intense than ever, only getting worse over time.

The heat, extreme rain, and harsh droughts have had a devastating effect on agriculture, one of Wisconsin’s most important industries, contributing more than $104.8 billion to the state economy. Over half of Wisconsin’s agricultural revenue comes from the dairy industry, which is seriously impacted by climate change because higher temperatures cause cows to eat less and produce less milk.

Wisconsin’s ecosystems are also under attack by climate change altering the composition of forests and threatening the habitat of endangered species such as the American marten.  Rising water temperatures will shrink the available habitat for cold water fish such as trout and declining ice cover and increasingly severe storms add to fish habitat challenges through erosion and flooding.

Climate change is also affecting the rhythm of Wisconsin’s natural systems, affecting the timing of natural processes such as migration, reproduction, and flower blooming. Migratory birds are arriving in the Midwest earlier in spring today than 40 years ago. Along with range shifts, the intricate web of relationships between animals and their food sources and between plants and pollinators are all being disrupted. Because not all species adjust to climate change in the same way, the food that one species eats may no longer be available when that species needs it (for example, when migrating birds arrive). Some types of animals may no longer be able to find enough food.

Fortunately, Wisconsin is taking actions to mitigate climate change. In 2019, Wisconsin’s governor passed an executive order making Wisconsin the first state in the Midwest to commit to going 100% carbon-free by midcentury. The executive order created novel energy efficiency standards for state facilities, as well as creating a new office, Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, to find the solutions and technologies needed to execute this proposal. That includes training Wisconsin’s workforce to build the clean energy sector, as the order lays out.

In 2021, Madison, Wisconsin moved ahead and set goals to have 100% of its municipal operations’ run with renewable energy by 2030. In October 2021, Wisconsin joined the other Great Lakes states in a pledge to collaborate on the development and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to help accelerate vehicle electrification across the Midwest.

Wisconsin does not have any fossil fuel resources of its own, so it ships in coal and natural gas, much of which comes from Wyoming and Montana. In 2020, down from a high of 82% in 1997, coal provided far less than half (39%) of Wisconsin’s electricity generation. Natural gas fueled 35% of Wisconsin’s in-state utility-scale generation, almost four times more than a decade earlier. Nuclear power is next at 16%, and 10% of Wisconsin’s energy comes from renewable energy resources, including hydropower (5%), wind (3%), biomass (2%), and solar (0.5%). Wisconsin is among the top 10 ethanol-producing states in the nation due to its corn production. Wisconsin produces about 600 million gallons of fuel ethanol every year, and ships much of it across state lines.

Despite its frigid winters, Wisconsin’s energy consumption per capita is less than that of 2/5 of the states and only slightly above the national average. The industrial sector accounts for one-third of the energy consumed in the state, the transportation sector and the residential sector each use nearly one-fourth, and the commercial sector consumes one-fifth.

Wisconsin is one of twenty four states, and Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.


Mississippi River flooding: Prairie Du Chien community works together to fill sandbags, place around homes

By Leah Rivard AND Duaa Israr 04/25/23
Floodwaters are creeping up towards homes in Prairie Du Chien, as the Mississippi River rises closer to its expected crest of around 24 feet. Volunteers and residents have spent the past few days filling and…
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Clean Economy Coalition of Wisconsin; Evers, others launch effort

By FOX6 News Digital Team 03/29/23
Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday, March 29 joined a group of organizations, businesses and allies in Milwaukee to celebrate the official launch of the new Clean Economy Coalition of Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin schools adopt electric buses

By YCC Team 03/22/23
Fifteen school districts in the state were awarded federal funds in the fall of 2022 to purchase electric buses. The post Wisconsin schools adopt electric buses appeared first on Yale Climate Connections. ...
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Wisconsin has a ‘solar rights’ law. But HOAs still sometimes prevent solar installations

By YCC Team 03/16/23
Dane County, Wisconsin, is full of new housing developments, and many of the homes are ideal for solar panels — except homeowners’ associations often stand in the way.
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Wisconsin cave holds tantalizing clues to ancient climate changes, future shifts

By Will Cushman 03/02/23
Even in their dark isolation from the atmosphere above, caves can hold a rich archive of local climate conditions and how they’ve shifted over the eons. Formed over tens of thousands of years, speleothems —…
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Tiny trout? Study finds that several freshwater species are bucking one climate change trend

By Adam Hinterthuer 03/01/23
When it comes to predictions of how climate change will impact fish populations, a new study has found that several species are ‘swimming upstream.’
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Climate Action in Wisconsin

Studies show that many of us are concerned about climate change. We’re seeing the impacts of climate change right here in Wisconsin and around the world. Warmer, wetter weather. More flooded streets and basements. Fewer…
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How Wisconsin TV news is tackling climate change in weather reports

By Jonah Beleckis 01/31/23
Bob Lindmeier knew how to report the weather. When the studio lights and cameras turned on, the longtime meteorologist felt ready to help Wisconsinites prepare for the day or days ahead — pleasant skies or…
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Cold temperatures return to Wisconsin after near record-setting January

By Bridgit Bowden 01/30/23
Colder temperatures have returned in Wisconsin after a near-record setting warm start to the year. According to Alex Bukvich, director of operations at Innovative Weather at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, January was on track to…
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Madison climate plan demonstrates need for local efforts to combat climate change

By Aanika Parikh 01/25/23
President Joe Biden recently commended the City of Madison’s plan to purchase 46 electric buses in an effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The purchase of these buses is the first phase of Mayor…
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Road Salts Wash Into Mississippi River, Damaging Ecosystems and Pipes

By Madeline Heim 01/16/23
This winter has already brought significant snowfall to much of the U.S. Historically, more snow has meant more road salt. It’s an effective way to clear roads — but also brings cascading environmental impacts as…
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Climate change is warming Wisconsin winters faster than other seasons

Climate change is warming Wisconsin winters faster than other seasons. A wetter atmosphere and slower freezing of the Great Lakes has made wintertime temperature increases in Milwaukee and Green Bay among the highest in the…
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US Gain integrates solar microgrid at Wisconsin RNG facility

U.S. Gain, a leader in the development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable energy, is excited to share its first integration of a solar microgrid at its Dallmann East River Dairy digester in Brillion,…

Wisconsinites interested in rooftop solar face more hurdles than those in other states

Wisconsin homeowners and small businesses interested in installing solar panels on their property face more hurdles than their counterparts in some other states, clean energy advocates say.

Wind turbines being considered in central Wisconsin raise concerns from some

Wind turbines are again on the agenda in Central Wisconsin. Volunteer organization Farmland First hosted a public information session on wind project potentially coming to the area. The energy company RWE Renewables first started approaching…

Conservatives, clean energy backers find common ground on community-owned solar bill

For the second time in as many years, a group of Republican state lawmakers will seek to reset the rules on how solar energy can be owned and distributed in Wisconsin.

Largest renewable energy project in Wisconsin moving forward

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has unanimously approved Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We energies' purchase of the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center in Dane County.

Utility regulators approve $649M purchase of Wisconsin’s largest renewable energy plant

Three utilities have received approval from Wisconsin utility regulators to buy the state’s largest renewable energy plant. On Thursday, the Public Service Commission approved the $649 million purchase of the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center by…

Wisconsin’s renewable energy wave is prompting some farmers to lease land for fields of solar panels

The decision to transition a sizable portion of their family’s farm from pastures and grain fields to thousands of solar panels was not an easy one for Duane and Tina Hinchley.

Wisconsin’s renewable energy wave is prompting some farmers to lease land for fields of solar panels

The decision to transition a sizable portion of their family’s farm from pastures and grain fields to thousands of solar panels was not an easy one for Duane and Tina Hinchley.

DNR Seeking Public Comment On New Charter Supporting Climate Resilience

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on a new charter to encourage businesses, non-government organizations and communities to combat the effects of climate change in our state.

Evers’ budget will call for spending millions on Wisconsin’s clean energy workforce

Gov. Tony Evers will call for spending millions on developing Wisconsin's clean energy workforce during his budget address next week. It's part of a long list of environmental spending initiatives from the governor, who will…

Wisconsin utilities are investing in battery storage to aid clean energy transition

As Wisconsin's utilities continue moving toward clean energy, they're making big investments in battery storage. WEC Energy Group, the parent company of Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies, announced Thursday it is working on a…

EnTech Solutions Provides Wisconsin Cheese Factory With Solar Energy

Clean energy solutions provider EnTech Solutions has installed two renewable energy microgrids on the site of Agropur’s new 210,000-square-foot cheese production facility being built in Little Chute, WI.

Clean energy jobs poised for continued growth in Wisconsin

For the first time since Clean Jobs Midwest began tracking Wisconsin clean energy jobs in 2017, Wisconsin clean energy jobs declined during 2020’s pandemic-wracked economy. However, the second half of the year showed significant recovery and…

NextEra to offer Buckeye’s solar energy to SRP customers

Buckeye residents interested in energy reform have often pointed to the 295 average days per year of sunshine as to where to find more electricity. NextEra Energy Resources plans to take advantage of that sun.

Leaders of 5 Great Lakes states agree to cooperate on electric vehicle infrastructure

The governors of five Great Lakes states have agreed to collaborate on the development and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to help accelerate vehicle electrification across the Midwest.

Jefferson Utilities celebrates Wisconsin’s newest solar energy project

Jefferson Utilities Senior Energy Services Manager Greg Hoffmann joined state leaders and executives from WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC to celebrate the commissioning of Wisconsin’s newest large-scale solar energy project — the Point…

Grow Solar Central Wisconsin expands to Waushara County in its fifth year

Grow Solar Central Wisconsin is launching for its fifth year. The education and bulk purchasing program will help property owners in Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Wood, and Waushara counties take advantage of competitive prices for solar…

New grants to help Wisconsin nonprofits purchase electric vehicles

RENEW Wisconsin launched the “EVs for Good” initiative in early April, a new program that provides nonprofit organizations with financial support for purchasing electric vehicles.

Alliant Energy Plans to Add Six Solar Projects in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy plans to add another 414 megawatts (MW) of solar in Wisconsin. This rounds out the company’s previously announced plan to accelerate its transition to clean energy by adding more than 1,000 MW of…

Alliant Energy Poised To Become Largest Owner-Operator Of Solar Power In Wisconsin

Madison-based Alliant Energy is set to become the largest owner and operator of solar power in Wisconsin under plans unveiled Wednesday. The utility is making good on its goal to build 1,000 megawatts of solar…

Organic Valley launches national clean energy fund for its farmers

By Martha Koloski 03/22/21
The nation’s largest organic, farmer-owned cooperative, Organic Valley in La Farge, announced a $1 million fund to help its farmers make clean energy improvements faster.  

Preparing for Climate Change in Wisconsin

This page provides an overview of the steps Wisconsin is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Milwaukee’s Leadership on Climate Change

Mayor Barrett has joined over 362 mayors to show that the City of Milwaukee remains committed to the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Milwaukee City Council also unanimously passed Council resolution 170337 pledging…

Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation

The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts has released its first comprehensive report, Wisconsin's Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation. The report will serve as a resource for business executives, government, natural resource managers, public health…

Wisconsin Climate and Health Adaptation Plan

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has created a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan to assist state and local agencies in adapting to a changing climate.


Wisconsin Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

Wisconsin is no stranger to solar power. The state began investing in solar policies nearly four decades ago, and those investments have paid off. While Wisconsin still ranks among the middle of states for solar…

Wisconsin State Profile and Energy Estimates

Bordered by navigable waterways, Wisconsin lies between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan to the north and east and the Mississippi and Saint Croix rivers to the west. The glaciers that covered most of the state…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

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

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 State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

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

Between 2017 and 2019, Wisconsin experienced one flood and three severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Wisconsin

Climate and Energy Polling in Wisconsin

Climate Wisconsin

Climate Wisconsin is an educational multimedia project featuring stories of climate change. These stories are produced to support teaching and learning about climate change in Wisconsin.

Clean Wisconsin

From unsafe drinking water to disappearing lakes and streams to threats of increased air pollution, your natural resources and special places need protecting, now more than ever before. That’s where we come in. Using science,…

What Climate Change Means for Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s climate is changing. In the past century, most of the state has warmed about two degrees (F). Heavy rainstorms are becoming more frequent, and ice cover on the Great Lakes is forming later or…


Milwaukee County wants input on climate change strategy

By Benjamin Yount   01/04/23  
Milwaukee County leaders are once again talking about climate change. This time, though, they say they want to listen as well as talk. Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley on Wednesday announced a new online survey…
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Could feeding seaweed to Wisconsin dairy cows help fight climate change?

By Courtney Everett   12/15/22  
Feeding dairy cows a diet including seaweed may reduce their emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, methane, by up to 20 percent, according to initial results from University of New Hampshire researchers.
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Climate change yields uncertain future for Great Lakes water levels

By Danielle Kaeding   12/13/22  
Scientists say communities around the Great Lakes should prepare for swings in high and low water levels to boost their resilience in the face of climate change. A multi-agency panel of scientists discussed the uncertainty…
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A tiny Wisconsin town tried to stop pollution from factory farms. Then it got sued.

By John McCracken   12/05/22  
The small community of Laketown, Wisconsin, home to just over 1,000 people and 18 lakes, is again at the center of a battle over how communities can regulate large, industrial farming operations in their backyards.
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Federal judge finds Enbridge trespassed on Bad River lands, but stops short of shutting down Line 5

By Danielle Kaeding   09/08/22  
A federal judge has ruled Canadian energy firm Enbridge Inc. trespassed on Bad River tribal lands and profited at the tribe’s expense but stopped short of shutting down an oil and gas pipeline across the…
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Three Questions Wisconsinites Are Asking about Heat Pumps

Lauren Reeg and Others   05/27/22  
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission, which regulates public utilities in the state, is currently deciding what role the state’s energy efficiency program will play in developing the local market for heat pumps. Heat pumps are…
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Gov. Evers releases Wisconsin’s first clean energy plan

Gov. Tony Evers has released Wisconsin’s first clean energy plan, a proposal that he said would lower energy bills, fight climate change by investing in clean energy technologies and possibly create up to 40,000 jobs.
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On the Great Lakes, scientists are making a ‘Winter Grab’ of rare data

By Susan Cosier   02/18/22  
On a brutally cold day here earlier this week, Kirill Shchapov stood 200 meters off the shore of Lake Michigan, using a green auger to drill into a glistening ice sheet that stretched to the…
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Electric vehicles are gaining traction among Wisconsin drivers and businesses that provide support

By Rick Barrett   12/29/21  
From cars to motorcycles, and fire trucks to charging stations, Wisconsin has a key role in the development of electric vehicles.
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Untapped potential: Rooftop solar could meet 2/3 of Wisconsin’s electricity needs, study finds

By Chris Hubbuch   10/07/21  
Wisconsin’s rooftops could support enough solar panels to meet two-thirds of the state’s electricity needs, generating more electricity than all fossil fuel sources combined last year.
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Adapting to climate change: newly formed consortium focuses on climate-driven problems facing Midwestern states

By Katie Thoresen   10/05/21  
There’s a multitude of climate change-driven issues that Midwest is already starting to face and that will only get worse. This includes long stretches of drought followed by heavy periods of precipitation leading to flooding.
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Climate Action in Wisconsin theme of UWO Earth Charter Community Summit Oct. 2-7

By Laurie Schlosser   09/29/21  
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community will start the month of October focused on the Earth and climate change. Earth Charter Community Summit 2021: Climate Action in Wisconsin is the theme of a week of…
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This Northern Wisconsin Project Looks To Slow The Flow Of Runoff Made Worse By Climate Change

By Danielle Kaeding   09/29/21  
In 2018, flooding over Father's Day weekend carved a hole through a major highway in far northwestern Wisconsin, disrupting travel for months and sending three times the amount of sediment that flows each year into one Lake…
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Wisconsin Desperately Needs Infrastructure Bills to Pass, Lawmakers Say

By Julian Emerson   09/27/21  
Two bills proposed by Biden would help Wisconsin address a range of issues, according to a Democratic state representative and GOP state senator.
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Wisconsin pastor fasting until Congress passes climate bill

A Kenosha pastor is fasting for climate change. The Rev. Jonathan Barker, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, stopped eating on Saturday and said he will continue the protest until Congress passes a climate bill.
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350 Milwaukee Emphasizes Urgency of Climate Crisis

By Christina MCalister   09/23/21  
Education and action are at the forefront of 350 Milwaukee’s plan to end the age of fossil fuels. This Milwaukee chapter of the international climate movement, 350.org, has been working towards building a clean energy…
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Wisconsin could see major changes if Congress passes ‘Build Back Better’

By Eric Gunn   09/23/21  
In Washington, D.C., two intertwined pieces of legislation are ensnared in bickering among House and Senate Democrats while Republicans mostly look the other way. But this week, a pair of conversations 850 miles west of…
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Lake Superior Has Seen Half A Dozen Blue-Green Algae Blooms This Year

By Danielle Kaeding   09/20/21  
A decade ago, a blue-green algae bloom had never been reported on Lake Superior. Now, half a dozen blue-green algae blooms have been reported this summer across Lake Superior, including one that formed recently in Superior.…
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Rural doctors see need to invest in people, fight climate change

By Joel Charles and Jeff Thompson   09/19/21  
Rural doctors have a unique view into people’s personal pain and struggles. In our exam rooms, we treat good, kind and hardworking people. Most of them are struggling to get by.
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Wisconsin regulator withdraws from permitting decision in state’s largest clean energy project

By Chris Hubbuch   09/18/21  
A Wisconsin utility regulator with past ties to the clean energy industry will not participate in the permitting process for a controversial solar farm in southeastern Dane County.
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Wisconsin regulators fund disaster-resilience efforts

By Chris Hubbuch   09/17/21  
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has awarded almost $1 million to study projects designed to keep electricity flowing locally even during major disasters.
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‘You’re wrecking my life’: Solar farm opponents question plans in town of Morgan

By Kent Tempus   09/16/21  
A renewable energy company considering construction of a huge solar power array in the town of Morgan received a chilly reception at an informational session Wednesday night. Most of the just over 100 people who…
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Wisconsin farmers to receive record-breaking support this year from USDA

By Jenna Bree   09/13/21  
In 2015, Mike Sievert was awarded nearly $16,000 from the USDA to purchase a grain dryer for his farm. “Things are changing fast, the way things are going right now," he said. "You hear a…
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Why cities around Wisconsin are feeling the heat

By Bekah McBride   09/13/21  
While Wisconsin may be known for its "frozen tundra," an increase in hot, humid summer days is bringing attention to Wisconsin's urban heat islands and their impact on human health. A heat island is an…
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Tribal members and scientists team up to figure out why Wisconsin’s wild rice population is declining

By Erin Gottsacker   09/10/21  
Water laps against a tangle of weeds at the shoreline of Flambeau Lake in Lac du Flambeau. Thick gray clouds hang overhead, but the weather doesn’t keep the wildlife at bay.
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We can’t stop climate change by investing in fossil fuels

By Elizabeth Ward   09/09/21  
The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reiterated what we already know: We need to be taking swift, bold action to address climate change.  If we don’t, the consequences…
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Massive solar farm plan angers southern Wisconsin residents

By Chris Hubbuch   09/08/21  
When Carissa and Nathan Lyle were expecting their first child in 2017, they bought an old farmhouse on about three acres just west of Rockdale. Nathan, a builder, gutted and remodeled the house and added…
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Wisconsin regulators pass on policy changes, order further study of clean energy transition

By Chris Hubbuch   09/03/21  
Wisconsin regulators have agreed to gather more information on the clean energy transition while passing up a range of suggested policy changes that could speed the state’s shift from fossil fuels.
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Warmer And Wetter: Wisconsin’s Economy Is Already Suffering From The Impact Of Global Warming

By Wisconsin Public Radio   09/03/21  
Temperatures across the world are expected to rise past a level that scientists had hoped to avoid through drastic cuts in carbon emissions, according to a new report from a United Nations panel on climate…
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‘Here we go again’: Driftless Region at watershed moment with flooding, climate change

By Olivia Herken   08/14/21  
Last weekend as powerful, persistent rain fell and water began to rise across southwest Wisconsin, all Duke Welter could think was: “Here we go again.”
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Global Warming Is Happening More Rapidly. Wisconsin Is Already Feeling It.

By Danielle Kaeding   08/10/21  
Temperatures across the world are expected to rise past a level that scientists had hoped to avoid through drastic cuts in carbon emissions, according to a new report from a United Nations panel on climate change. Scientists…
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Wildfires Degrading Air Quality In Wisconsin Are Driven By Climate Change

By Danielle Kaeding   08/09/21  
Smoke has been funneling into Wisconsin at an unprecedented level due to wildfires and weather patterns, impacting air quality and sensitive groups. Researchers argue climate change is driving extreme heat that’s fueling wildfires and degrading…
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Survey: Wisconsin Great Lakes Communities To Spend $245M To Repair Coastal Damage

By Danielle Kaeding   07/16/21  
Great Lakes communities in Wisconsin are estimating they will spend around $245 million over the next five years to repair coastal damage linked to climate change, according to a new survey from a group of…
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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson: Climate change is ‘bulls—‘

By Riley Vetterkind   07/08/21  
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told a group of Republican women last month that climate change is “bulls—-,” continuing the two-term senator’s increasing tendency to criticize the scientific community’s consensus on major issues. “I don’t know…
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A Carbon Tax Will Make Infrastructure Sustainable

By Austin Ramirez   06/26/21  
Wisconsin’s infrastructure needs a makeover. More than 80% of our state’s roads are in poor condition — making them the worst in the nation. We’ll need $13 billion over the next decade to fund the…
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Biden administration passes up chance to block oil pipeline

The Biden administration signaled in a court filing this week that it does not plan to cancel federal permits for Enbridge’s Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project, despite pleas by Native Americans and environmental groups for…
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Heatwaves, Climate Change And The Electric Grid

By Rachael Vasquez   06/25/21  
Parts of the U.S. are enduring heatwaves, with temperatures in some states expected to stay at or above 100 degrees for days. We talk about how climate change fits into the picture, and how to…
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Southeast Wisconsin Farmers Experiencing Intense Drought

By Audrey Nowakowsky and Jack Herbanis   06/24/21  
In a normal year from the beginning of March to mid-June, southeast Wisconsin would expect to see around 15 inches of precipitation. So far in 2021, counties across the region have only seen around half…
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Youth Climate Activism in Wisconsin

By Robinia Courtyard   06/24/21  
The climate crisis is here, and our future depends on solving it. While climate change poses an immediate threat to our global and local ecosystems, it is imperative that we consider its enduring effects on…
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After Devastating Floods, Officials Hope Changes Have Made A Lake Superior Harbor More Resilient

By Danielle Kaeding   06/24/21  
Oronto Creek is hardly more than a trickle now as it bends along Saxon Harbor toward Lake Superior. But almost five years ago, the gentle stream resembled a raging river that scoured its marina and campground.
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Environmental Advocates Push For Increased Investment In State’s Electric Car Infrastructure

By Hope Kirwan   06/24/21  
A Wisconsin lawmaker and state climate groups are pushing for stronger clean car standards and new investment in electric vehicle infrastructure at the state and federal level.
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Biden’s Budget Would Increase Funding For Great Lakes, Water Infrastructure

By Danielle Kaeding   06/03/21  
Advocates for the Great Lakes see President Biden’s budget and jobs plan as an opportunity to boost funding for restoration projects and outdated water infrastructure in the region. But, the president’s proposals face significant hurdles…
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STUDY: AV Taxis Would Speed Up Climate Change

By Kea Wilson   06/03/21  
Worse, the study found that AVs could tempt erstwhile transit passengers to abandon fixed-route buses or their bikes, even in the transit-rich and Platinum Bicycle Friendly community of Madison.
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Al Gedicks: Climate change threatens Wisconsin’s dams

By Al Gedicks   05/30/21  
May 31 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources notes that this day was established to commemorate the 2,200 people who died in the 1889 South Fork Dam failure near…
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New Monroe County Project Aims To Reduce Impacts Of Climate Change, Make Conservation Profitable

By Hope Kirwan   05/10/21  
The Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Opportunity Assessment is an eight-month project led by the county’s Climate Change Task Force and advocacy group Wisconsin’s Green Fire.
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Ask the Weather Guys: Why do we have a new normal in weather?

By John Hart   05/10/21  
Why do we have a new normal in weather?A: The National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (or NCDC) calculates the average weather conditions over a 30-year period for more than 7,500 locations…
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Climate change is bringing heavier rains. Here are steps Wisconsin communities are taking to combat flooding.

By Laura Schulte   05/09/21  
 Long before climate change became a global concern, this small southwestern Wisconsin community knew it had to do something to deal with persistent severe flooding.
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NOAA releases new 30-year climate normals; Northeast Wisconsin generally warmer and wetter

By Phil DeCastro   05/05/21  
If you've ever heard us refer to "normal" snowfall or precipitation or "average" highs and lows, the numbers we're talking about are actually 30-year averages. For the last 10 years, that period ran from 1981…
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Co-Op Offering Low-Interest Loans to Farms for Clean Energy Investments

By Jane Marsh   04/22/21  
Organic Valley, a Wisconsin-based co-op, is partnering with Clean Energy Credit Union to offer low-interest loans to farms for clean energy investments. The cooperative has been reliant upon renewables since 2019.
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Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson Calls for Milwaukee County to Go Carbon Neutral, Battle Climate Change

By Hayley Crandall   04/17/21  
The Committee on Parks, Energy, and Environment has recommended adoption of two climate change combat proposals sponsored by Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, a press release announced earlier this week.
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