Pope predicts catastrophe if greedy climate-change deniers derail Paris talks

Written by Nicole Winfield
and Tom Odula,
AP writers
Saturday, 28 November 2015 10:05

Pope Francis warned Nov. 26 that it would be “catastrophic” for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of crucial climate change talks in Paris.

General Mills will convert to all cage-free eggs by 2025

Written by AP Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:03

General Mills has set a deadline for its conversion to all cage-free eggs by 2025.

Letters to the Future: The Paris Climate Project

Thursday, 19 November 2015 14:01

Leaders from 190 countries convene in Paris this year for the United Nations climate talks. Many agree this global summit is humanity’s last chance to address the major crisis of our time. Will the nations of the world finalize a global treaty aimed at reducing the most dangerous impacts of global warming?

Brief opportunities
Letters to the future: The Paris Climate Project

Written by Jane Smiley
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
Thursday, 19 November 2015 13:26

EPA developing new guidelines for toxic algae in lakes, rivers

Written by The AP Friday, 27 November 2015 06:43

New national guidelines are being developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect swimmers and kayakers from the growing threats posed by toxic algae in lakes and rivers.

Agency officials said the focus will be on people who are likely to swallow water during recreational activities.

Alberta proposes new climate change plan that caps emissions

Written by Mike De Souza
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:54

The Canadian province of Alberta, holder of the world's third-largest oil reserves, has proposed a new climate change plan to give oil-producing companies room to grow while cutting carbon emissions, experts and stakeholders said.

Good morning Earth
Letters to the future: The Paris Climate Project

Written by Logan McDermott
Conservationist Milwaukee
Thursday, 19 November 2015 13:41


Time is relative and even though my body has already decayed, my actions are still eternal. As humans, trapped on one planet together, we constantly battle over resources and ideologies. I'm certain even you are familiar with war and greed. We rarely take the time to collectively worship Earth; this entire ball of space dirt should be our sanctuary.

Which path?
Letters to the future: The Paris Climate Project

Written by Kerry Schumann
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters executive director,
Thursday, 19 November 2015 13:23

Dear great, great-grandchildren,

As you look back on my generation, I hope you are thanking us. I hope we are remembered as having come to the brink of disaster, but turned back just in time to leave this planet in a better place for our children, for our children’s children, for you.

Sandhill crane and chick.

Wildlife managers are investigating to find out who killed a pair of protected sandhill cranes in Shawano County.

Lawsuit: Amusement park gives isolated chimp cigarettes, soft drinks

Written by Janet McConnaughey,
AP writer
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:14

This chimpanzee is not Candy. —PHOTO: Pixabay

An animal rights group is suing to get a chimpanzee named Candy out of an amusement park where, it says, she smokes cigarettes and is given soft drinks instead of water.

The world I know
Letters to the future: The Paris Climate Project

Written by Lisa Neff
Journalist, Anna Maria,
Thursday, 19 November 2015 13:32

Dear future,

I wish you could know the magnificent world I know. I grew up in a place romanticized in fiction as Greentown and, as an adult, I lived on the rocky seacoast of New Hampshire, along the mighty Mississippi, in the shadow of the Continental Divide in Montana, on the great lake in Chicago and just feet from the white sandy beaches of an island paradise in Florida.

I hope you can do better
Letters to the future: The Paris Climate Project

Written by Leonard Sobczak
real estate,
Thursday, 19 November 2015 13:21

To the children of the future: we tried.

I was heartened when President Jimmy Carter was promoting and modeling fuel conservation. I was horrified when President Ronald Reagan dispensed with that message and heralded the era of gas-guzzling SUVs and other use of fossil fuels with disregard of the consequence.