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Save The Hills Alliance Annual Meeting 2017

Ken Tschumper

Save The Hills Alliance Annual Meeting 2017

October 23, 2017

Save The Hills Alliance held its annual meeting on Oct. 21, 2017 at the Marten Community Center in Mondovi. The theme of the meeting was Effective Communication and Civic Engagement: Strategies, Techniques & Importance. There were two speakers at the meeting. LeAnn R Ralph, staff writer for the Colfax messenger and the Glenwood City Tribune Press Reporter spoke about Communicating in a Democracy: Letters to the Editor and speaking to elected officials.

Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Is Biggest In Seven Years

October 19, 2017

Authorities are investigating the cause of the biggest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010. It has poured 330,000 gallons of crude into the waters off Louisiana since last Wednesday.

Weighing the Environmental Risks Of Electronics Fabrication In Wisconsin

September 20, 2017

When it comes to the environmental impact of manufacturing electronics, there is an essential distinction between fabrication and assembly. Creating the basic components that of a device is a process that fundamentally results in a variety of byproducts, some of which can pose threats to ecosystems, human health and essential resources. Putting those components together into a finished product requires energy and resources too, but this step leaves a much less significant environmental footprint.

The Rules For Great Lakes Water And Foxconn's Thirsty Operations

September 3, 2017

Wisconsin legislators have proposed carving out broad environmental exemptions for a proposed Foxconn factory. An incentives bill currently working its way through the legislature would streamline how the state applies the Great Lakes Compact if the facility decides to use water from Lake Michigan. Given the thirsty nature of LCD fabrication, southeastern Wisconsin is an attractive area for Foxconn to build a factory with access to water in mind.

Wiscontext - What Foxconn Means For The Great Lakes Compact

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August 6, 2017

At the turn of the century, a Canadian company named Nova Group sparked outrage across the Great Lakes region when it proposed to withdraw millions of gallons water from Lake Superior water and sell it in Asia. In the short term, this led Canada to crack down on freshwater exports.

Lead Pipe Replacement Costs Are An Ongoing Issue For Wisconsin's Local Governments

July 31, 2017

Around 176,000 lead pipes connecting municipal water systems to homes, businesses and other buildings are known to exist in Wisconsin. That number is gradually decreasing as communities around the state look to replace this antiquated and dangerous infrastructure, but the scale and cost of the problem is making for a slow process.

The Life Of Land After Frac Sand

July 19, 2017

Since the late 2000s, growth in hydraulic fracturing has created a new demand for sand deposits around western Wisconsin. Of highest value is hard, fine-grained sand perfect for cracking underground rock formations that hold oil and natural gas.

Scott Walker Set to Sign Koch Anti-Regulations Bill in Wisconsin

July 10, 2017

A bill with the potential to hobble government agencies' ability to propose regulations, known as the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act, has passed in both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature and Republican Governor Scott Walker's office has told DeSmog he intends to sign it into law. REINS has been pushed for…

Climate Change Effects: Sea Level Rise Speeding Up

June 28, 2017

Sea level rise is real, and it’s getting worse. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that global sea level rise jumped by 50 percent from 1993 to 2014, the most recent year for which data are available. In 2014, sea levels rose 3.3 millimeters—more than an eighth of an inch—while in 1993…

Researchers say we have three years to act on climate change before it's too late

June 28, 2017

If we want a smooth transition into a sustainable future, we need to act fast. A comment article in the journal Nature says we have to act fast if we hope for a painless transition to a low-carbon society. Pexel If you want to lose 10 pounds by a certain date there are, broadly speaking, two…

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