Environment

Monsanto's glyphosate most widely used weed-killer

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:10

Monsanto’s signature herbicide glyphosate, first marketed as “Roundup,” is now the most widely and heavily applied weed-killer in the history of chemical agriculture in both the U.S. and globally, according to a report published today.

Supreme Court upholds energy conservation program

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 06:38

In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Jan. 25 upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.

Refuting Ted Cruz's disinformation about climate change

Written by Seth Borenstein
and Scott Bauer,
AP writers
Friday, 22 January 2016 10:37

Ted Cruz is decidedly at odds with the scientific consensus that Earth is warming because of human activity.

Interior Dept. halts new coal leases

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 15 January 2016 09:54

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced on Jan. 15 that the Interior Department will launch a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program to ensure it provides a :fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs."

Trail of cancer deaths near plastics factory linked to tap water

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 29 January 2016 06:07

After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his New York hometown along the Hoosic River were getting sick.

Feds could ground ultralight-led whooping crane migration

Written by The AP Monday, 25 January 2016 13:14

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided it will no longer support the use of ultralight aircraft to help young whooping cranes migrate from Wisconsin to Florida each fall.

Officials announced late last week that this season’s ultralight-guided flights to the birds’ wintering home will be the last.

Obama declares state of emergency over Flint's water

Written by Reuters Monday, 18 January 2016 07:49

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan over the weekend and ordered federal aid for state and local response efforts in the county where the city of Flint has been contending with lead-contaminated drinking water.

FDA OKs genetically engineered potato resistant to Potato Famine pathogen

Written by The AP Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:26

A potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine is as safe as any other potato on the market, the Food and Drug Administration says.

Wisconsin Assembly votes to lift barrier to new nukes

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:06

“No nukes now. No nukes probably forever,” says environmental activist Kevin Moore. 

Legionnaires’ outbreak linked to Flint River drinking water fiasco

Written by Ed White,
AP writer
Sunday, 24 January 2016 14:16

The head of a Flint hospital that found Legionnaires’ disease bacteria in its water system more than a year ago said he and experts suspected the Flint River was a likely source of the contaminant.

As fracking-induced earthquakes rise, Oklahomans demand action

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 17 January 2016 12:00

Damage from an Oklahoma earthquake

Oklahoma residents are imploring leaders to stop the dramatic increase in earthquakes caused by wastewater injection wells from fracking operations.

Wisconsin Republicans declare open season against environment

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 14 January 2016 04:16

UPDATED: Republicans took target practice in early January after declaring open season on Wisconsin’s environmental resources.