Climate Change & Environment


ACTION ALERT: June 26, 5pm, Thomas St. Public Information Meeting (Phase II)

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Thomas Street Public Information Meeting, Monday, June 26, 5 to 6pm in City Hall Chambers at 407 Grant Street ______________________ Public Information Packet from City (Plans and Input/Comment Form):  http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Portals/0/Departments/Engineering/Documents/Thomas%20St%20-%20PIM%20Handout%20%206-26-17.pdf March 2017 Emails Stating DOT Will Not Expand Bridge - Service Life Possible to 2056:  http://thomasst.org/dot-states-no-thomas-street-bridge-expansion/ ______________________ Stop the unnecessary destruction of a working-class Wausau neighor...

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Wisconsin in the News

The current wrecking crew in Madison offers a potpourri of bad policy, goofiness, and recipes for future problems. The only good news out of Madison is that the Governor and Legislature are no longer always unified. There is division among the faithful. Here is a short list of issues in the news. Clean Water On June 1, Walker signed a bill that weakens regulation of high capacity wells. Senate Bill 76 eliminates DNR review of existing permits for high capacity wells when they are repaired, replaced, or sold in a real estate transaction. High capacity wells pump ...

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Earth Day March and Celebration

We will celebrate Earth Day and affirm our Support for Science on Saturday, April 22 with a march. We will start at 11 AM where the north entrance to the River Edge Walkway begins at the Wisconsin River end of Winton Street. Bring your signs and banners. Our walk ends at the Oak Island Park shelter just north of Thomas Street at 12 o'clock. We will plant an oak tree nearby. Folks who want a shorter walk can join anywhere along the way or just meet at the park.Mayor Robert Mielke will officiate and dedicate the tree. Retired UWMC Professor of Biology Dr. Ned Grossnickle ...

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Earth Day/Support Science March and Celebration

Saturday, April 22, 2017 March/walk on the River Edge Walkway 11:00 A.M. begins on the north end (Winton Street) ends at Oak Island 12:00 Noon Celebration of our remarkable planet Earth. A white oak tree will be planted and dedicated by Mayor Mielke Combating Climate Change remarks by retired UWMC Professor of Biology, Ned Grossnickle Free and open to the public Folks wanting a shorter walk may join us anywhere along the way. The non-partisan organizations of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)and American Association for University Women (AAUW) welcome ...

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SPIRITUALITY, POLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The ways our spirituality and our politics interact can be profoundly significant. Recently, during a very pleasant conversation I was told that God gave us dominion over the earth. That comment startled me then and has bothered me ever since, germinating a few thoughts along the way. It seems wholly outrageous that our Creator would put us in charge of something as complex as this planet - at least as outrageous as the idea of us accepting the offer. How could we even consider dominating the earth when just by tweaking the carbon dioxide settings in our atmosphere ...

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ON THE BOOKSHELF

(This article looks at World without Us by Alan Weisman) “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E.O. Wilson, biologist and author “You share 25% of your genes with a banana. Get over yourself.” Bumper sticker Supposedly when asked what the study of nature told him about God, the biologist J. B. S. Haldane said, "The Creator must have an inordinate fondness for beetles. He made so many ...

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CLEAN GREEN 2017 PROJECTS

Clean Green Action (CGA). a local grassroots environmental group, is beginning its tenth year of working on projects which focus on sustainability and reducing impact on the environment. In 2016 we continued to build on successes in previous years, and in 2017 we will maintain some past projects while adding some new projects. Continuing projects include the following: Choose to Reuse – This event, which is organized by different area townships (e.g. Rome, Grant, Grand Rapids, Seneca), allows people to drop off useful items for others to have for free. Check with ...

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STAND UP FOR SCIENCE, OUR DEMOCRACY, AND OUR PLANET

It was bad enough when we recently discovered our state DNR had stripped the words “climate change” from its website and added wording that led readers to believe there is controversy in the climate research world about its cause - the only real controversy is political, not scientific. A little later we learned that our Public Service Commission had done the same. Now, we find the new Trump administration erased climate change from the Environmental Protection Agency's website and has silenced EPA staff. Perhaps Orwell should have titled his book “2016” instead of ...

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LEAVE RIB MOUNTAIN ALONE

We, the people of Wisconsin, love our Rib Mountain State Park. We have listened to the proposal for the expansion of Granite Peak Ski Hill and have some major concerns. Let’s think about snow run-off and how this impacts the load to our sanitation system and local homes. Let’s think about the increased traffic and impact to our roads and quiet neighborhoods. Let’s think about the ground water impact as more and more water is taken from the Rib River. We would like proof that expansion will not produce “glade skiing” where the hill removes undergrowth and coats ...

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Looking Forward to 2017

The turn of the calendar to 2017 brings us hope for better prospects in our public affairs. I am particularly inspired this season for the many who wrote with solutions to problems facing our state. The many letters from readers gives me optimism for a coming bloom of civic mindedness. Certainly your notes and letters bring a fresh approach to lingering problems. I do see signs on the horizon that our state may be stumbling. Deep budget cuts have affected the forward progress of our University of Wisconsin System. Faculty have left UW and taken their research ...

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