Green Gaze

Boston schools join Meatless Mondays campaign

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:01

Students at Boston Public Schools are finding more prominent placement of meat-free dishes in their cafeterias on Mondays and are filling their trays with black bean burrito bowls, garden fresh salads topped with chickpeas, protein-packed chili and more.

The school district joined th Meatless Monday movement after working with The Humane Society of the United States and hearing from more than a thousand students, parents, teachers and Boston members of nonprofit encouraging the district to take part.

UN climate change expert: Keep hoping for agreement

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:29

A top U.N. climate change expert this week urged world governments not to be overcome by hopelessness as they negotiate a new agreement to fight global warming.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said despite the IPCC's own warnings that time is running out, the panel has also suggested actions needed to keep climate change in check.

Suit threatened over possible lease sale of 20,000 acres in Santa Fe National Forest

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 14:35

A broad coalition of local and national conservation groups announced plans to sue the federal Bureau of Land Management if the agency proceeds with the sale of 13 parcels — almost 20,000 acres of public lands — in the Santa Fe National Forest for oil and gas fracking.

The BLM has received more than a 100 letters protesting the sale and challenging the agency’s failure to consider potentially serious impacts to the area’s air, water, wildlife and surrounding communities.

Plastic bag manufacturers push to overturn California ban

Written by The AP Monday, 13 October 2014 07:41

Plastic bag manufacturers on Oct. 10 passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

The office of Attorney General Kamala Harris cleared the way for the groups to begin collecting signatures for a referendum vote on the ban on the November 2016 ballot.

Unregulated genetically modified wheat popping up in Montana

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:57

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department has said.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.

Climate change threatens 314 North American birds

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:44

A brown pelican on the Gulf coast in Florida.

The golden-winged warbler — a striking silvery-gray bird with golden flashes on the head and wings — frolics in the shrubby tangles of the upper Midwest in the summer. But the “tzip” notes the warbler sings during courtship are becoming increasingly rare.

Defense secretary says climate change creates challenges for military

Written by The AP Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:05

Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America's military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week.

Addressing a conference of military leaders as the Pentagon released a new report on the issue, Hagel said, "Our militaries' readiness could be tested, and our capabilities could be stressed."

California is 1st state to ban plastic bags

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 06 October 2014 06:10

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.

Activist group says it broke into Iowa fox farm

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 30 September 2014 02:04

An animal rights activist group admitted to breaking into an eastern Iowa fox fur farm and trying to free about 30 foxes.

The group, Animal Liberation Front, said in a written release sent to news organizations that it had released 30 foxes from an Anamosa, Iowa, farm that raises foxes for fur.

Oregon test: soy engineered for heavy pesticide exposure found in infant formula

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 October 2014 11:36

The Center for Food Safety says genetic testing confirmed the presence of soy genetically engineered by Monsanto for heavy pesticide exposure in infant formula that is being sold in Portland, Oregon. The organization announced the test results on Food Day 2014 and in advance of a vote in Oregon on whether to label genetically engineered foods.

CFS and Dr. Ray Seidler, the first EPA scientist to study genetically engineered crops and former professor at Oregon State University, worked together on carrying out the testing. With recent published studies confirming that genetically engineered soy has significantly higher levels of chemical herbicides than conventionally grown soy, the test findings raise concerns about increasing infant exposure to chemical herbicides.

Environmental groups sue government to protect wolverine

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 06:23

A coalition of advocacy groups on Oct. 13 challenged the U.S. government's denial of protections for the snow-loving wolverine, arguing in a lawsuit that officials disregarded evidence a warming climate will eliminate denning areas.

An estimated 250 to 300 wolverines survive in the Lower 48 states. The elusive but ferocious members of the weasel family give birth to their young in deep mountain snowfields that scientists say could be at risk of disappearing as the climate changes.

Proposed wind farm near Missouri wildlife refuge will move

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:12

A company that had planned to build the largest wind farm in Missouri near several wildlife areas has decided to look elsewhere because modifications needed to protect the area’s animals made it financially unworkable.

Element Power, based in Oregon, had proposed erecting 84 to 188 wind turbines near Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Holt County and seven nearby conservation areas. The company, which had been studying the project for five years, had leased 30,000 acres of private land near the wildlife areas since 2010.


While Wisconsin’s Republican leadership continues to thwart efforts to create a clean-energy infrastructure in the state, an alliance of four companies has proposed an $8 billion project that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California.