Environment

One of the first environmental scientists in northwest Wisconsin to raise concerns about how prepared the region was for more intense flooding is Randy Lehr.
Massive rainstorms hit northwest Wisconsin in 2012, 2016 and 2018, causing tens of millions of dollars in flood damage to public infrastructure. Local officials responsible for rebuilding hope they're able to make improvements to withstand more big storms when they come.
Complaints about living in the Midwest often hinge on its seasonal extremes as a top reason to steer clear of the region, and a July 2019 study highlights the health risks posed by dangerously high summer heat in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.
Big changes for tiny creatures have swept through the Great Lakes in the past two decades, with ramifications for the salmon and trout people love to chase.
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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, better known as PFAS, can contaminate groundwater and pose health risks to people. Multiple Wisconsin municipalities are considering how to deal with PFAS, and Wisconsin DNR Sec.-Designee Preston Cole discusses the state's response to the issue.
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As the Wisconsin Public Service Commission considers the proposed high-voltage Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line, residents of the corridor stretching from Dubuque, Iowa to Middleton voice concerns about its necessity and potential impacts.
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As Wisconsin sweats in the midst of a July heatwave, a report shows that global warming could lead to a jump in dangerous high summer temperatures in the state. UW Nelson Institute for Climatic Research researcher Michael Notaro discusses the study and what it means.
Tracking global croplands and how they are changing is a massive, pressing and complex undertaking made possible by advances in remote sensing and computing.
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Research by the UW-Madison Center for Limnology collecting 30 years of data points to long-term impacts of climate change on mercury levels in lakes and fish in Wisconsin. WPR reporter Sarah Whites-Kodischek describes how scientists came across these findings.
What flowering plant looks a lot like native phlox but blooms during early summer in Wisconsin?