To halt mining, a tribe and a logging community weave together

October 7, 2017 by  
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In the 1980s, a mining company tried to divide a Wisconsin community. Instead, it created “one of the country’s fiercest grass-roots environmental face-offs.”

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Madison, Wisconsin commits to 100% renewable energy

March 23, 2017 by  
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Madison just became the first city in Wisconsin and the largest city in the Midwest to commit to 100 percent clean energy in just the latest example of how President Donald Trump can’t stop the renewables revolution. The state capital and college town is the 25th US city to commit to the transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable energy following Tuesday’s city council vote. The vote allocated $250,000 to develop a plan by January 18, 2018 for city operations to achieve goals of 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, including electricity, heating and transportation. “Madison’s historic commitment to 100 percent clean energy shows that we are determined to lead the way in moving beyond fossil fuels that threaten our health and environment,” Madison Common Council Alder Zach Wood said in a statement. “The benefits of a transition to 100 percent clean energy are many. These goals will drive a clean energy economy that creates local jobs, provides affordable and sustainable electricity, and results in cleaner air and water. I am proud to be a part of this council that has made the historic commitment that will lead our community to a more sustainable future.” Related: San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy Abita Springs, Louisiana also voted on Tuesday to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The Sierra Club said that Madison and Abita Springs both committing to 100 percent clean energy demonstrates that there is bipartisan support across the country for a renewable energy future because liberal Madison voted for Hillary Clinton while conservative voters in Abita Springs went for Donald Trump. “Transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy is a practical decision we’re making for our environment, our economy, and for what our constituents want in Abita Springs,” Greg Lemons, mayor of Abita Springs, said in a statement. “Politics has nothing to do with it for me. Clean energy just makes good economic sense. By establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal, we have an opportunity to use solar power that we can control in our community, for our community. Clean energy is a way that we can save money for Abita Springs both today and in the future.” Other American cities that have made the 100 percent renewable energy pledge include Burlington, Vermont; Aspen, Colorado; the California cities of San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose; Rochester, Minnesota; St. Petersburg, Florida; Grand Rapids, Michigan; East Hampton, New York; Greensburg, Kansas; and Georgetown, Texas. Via Sierra Club Image 1 , 2 via Good Free Photos

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Milwaukee youth revamp “Drift” bench with a vibrant paint job

August 18, 2015 by  
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Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) organized a youth art project to revamp Milwaukee’s “Drift” bench with a new vibrant paint job. Inspired by the Midwest’s rolling topography, the curvaceous bench was created in 2011 in a KI Collaborative Architecture Studio at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) . Years of use, however, had worn out the bench. A.W.E. artists teamed up with students from the nearby Carmen High School to create a new warm color scheme and concept for the bench that featured white abstracted body forms running throughout. In addition to beautifying the landscape and the bench’s new home in Mitchell Park, the project helped participating students gain confidence through art. Images by Cassie Rogala + Artists Working in Education The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Handsome lakeside cabin supports a cantilevered timber gallery in Wisconsin

April 22, 2015 by  
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PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK

April 14, 2015 by  
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Strange things are afoot in the state of Wisconsin, where a state agency has banned its employees from “working on or speaking about climate change.” Florida’s state Department of Environmental Protection tried it last month and now Wisconsin has hopped aboard the “ignore it and it will go away” train. In what the media has taken to calling an act of “climate censorship,” Wisconsin has become the latest state where the environmental protection rules and regulations are being constructed by people who refuse to accept that climate change is an integral part of our planet’s (and our people’s ) health. Read the rest of PETITION: Tell Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that climate censorship is not OK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: banning climate change , climate censorship , Climate Change , denying climate change , environmental protection , petition , wisconsin bans climate change

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The Keystone-style pipeline you probably didn’t know about

February 24, 2015 by  
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You’ve heard of the Keystone XL pipeline , but you’ve likely never heard of a new pipeline in Wisconsin that would make Keystone look minuscule in comparison. This 42-inch diameter crude oil pipeline is currently buried under every major waterway in that state, but plans for its massive expansion are slated for next year. Read the rest of The Keystone-style pipeline you probably didn’t know about Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Enbridge , keystone , keystone pipeline , keystone xl , Line 61 , oil pipeline , tar sands

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Melting polar ice is revealing life forms frozen for thousands of years

February 24, 2015 by  
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As climate change continues to eat away at Earth’s glaciers and melt polar landscapes, things inside them frozen for millennia are starting to come alive again. Thawing permafrost in Siberia and melting glaciers in Greenland are slowly unearthing a host of ancient life forms ranging from viruses and bacteria to plants and even some animals that have been cryogenically preserved there for thousands of years. Read the rest of Melting polar ice is revealing life forms frozen for thousands of years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient , Climate Change , crygenic , discoveries , frozen , Glacier Melt , life forms , organisms , resurrection ecologists , resurrection ecology

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Make Your Own Eco-Conscious Graffiti with Mud Stencils

June 24, 2014 by  
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Contrary to popular believe, graffiti doesn’t have to be ugly or offensive —it can be thought-provoking, challenging, and perhaps most importantly, temporary. Jesse Graves , an artist based in Milwaukee Wisconsin, has harnessed mud as an artistic medium to take his green graffiti to the streets, and he encourages others to do the same. Making mud graffiti stencils is fun and easy, and since the designs will wash away during the next rain shower, you can beautify your neighborhood without worrying that you’ll get in trouble for doing so. Read the rest of Make Your Own Eco-Conscious Graffiti with Mud Stencils Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY graffiti , DIY stencils , eco graffiti , eco-art , farming , graffiti , green design , moss graffiti , mud , mud graffiti , mud stencils , muds stencils. jesse graves , oil , public art , stencil , stencils , sustainable design , wisconsin

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Christmas Tree Farms are Shutting Down Due to Climate Change

December 4, 2013 by  
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 Photo © Shutterstock  Throughout the US, extreme weather events are causing Christmas tree farmers to close up shop and stop planting new trees . In Vermont and New Hampshire, an early March heat wave and heavy summer flooding have wiped out a huge percentage of the local crop. One farmer says nearly half of his trees were washed away in flash floods, and shortages of trees are already starting to be reported in the Northeastern US.   Photo © Shutterstock The situation is just as bad in the Midwest — in Wisconsin and Michigan alone, about 4,000 young trees withered and died in 2012 due to drought. While some farmers are adapting to the changing weather by planting trees on higher ground or shifting to more heat-resistant varieties, not all growers have that option. The heavy losses have convinced some farmers to simply cut their losses and sell off their existing mature trees without replanting . The effect likely won’t be seriously felt by consumers for six to ten years, which is the amount of time it takes for a new crop to fully mature. This is bad news for more than one reason — not only are real trees more eco-friendly than the petrochemical version, they also soak up huge amounts of greenhouse gasses . Fewer Christmas trees on the market may actually have the unintended side effect of accelerating climate change. It’s not exactly news that climate change is causing unpredictable flooding and heat waves throughout the US, but the amount of change in just a few short decades is shocking when you see the numbers. In the last 50 years, winter temperatures in Vermont have risen by 4.5 degrees, actually altering the makeup of the state’s forests. Christmas trees aren’t the only industry being hit by the rising temperatures, either: apparently it’s also affecting the amount of maple syrup that can be collected, as the season starts earlier and lasts for a shorter time than it did just a few decades ago. Via Grist Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: christmas tree farming , Christmas trees , Climate Change , Drought , flash floods , global warming , high winter temperatures , Michigan , new hampshire , summer flooding , united states , vermont , wisconsin        

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Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

September 13, 2012 by  
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