Environment

Large livestock and poultry farms generate complaints for the stenches they can produce. But do any stink more than the others?
Wisconsin scientists are hopeful that a raccoon virus may help deliver North America's hibernating bats from potential extinction.
How can all of the state's tiny, elusive nocturnal flyers be counted? That's not possible. But the downward spiral of several bat species in Wisconsin can be tracked through the work of passionate conservation professionals, specialized technology and, crucially, legions of enthusiastic volunteers.
Over the last few years, bridges and roads have washed away during flash floods across Wisconsin. But how can engineers tackle the problem in order to prevent this kind of infrastructure damage in the future?
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A task force in Monroe County will focus immediately on warning people who live in watersheds that have faced repeated flooding in the last 12 years. But the group will also take a long-range approach to dealing with climate change.
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In North America, bat populations continue to suffer from a fatal disease called white-nose syndrome, which was first spotted in Wisconsin five years ago. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses how the state's bats have been affected by this disease.
A handful of North American bat species that were once common in Wisconsin are possibly heading toward extinction, or at least disappearance from the state.
How can livestock odors be measured and quantified in a systematic and fair way? Is it even possible to break down an odor into its component parts, or to identify an acceptable odor threshold? It turns out these questions are the subject of rigorous scientific research.
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Wisconsin has a law on its books that limits nuisance lawsuits against farmers. But as farms expand in size, the conflict with their neighbors grow as well. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses the state's "right-to-farm" law and debates over how to regulate growing farms.
A state statute explicitly protects agricultural operators from all but the most serious nuisance lawsuits brought by neighbors. It's known as Wisconsin’s "right-to-farm" law.