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Checking heat stress in dairy cows as climate warms

June 19, 2014 |

If anyone knows how to deal with the annual challenge of unpredictable weather, it’s farmers. Recent history proves the point -- the long winter and cool spring of 2014 have raised concerns about a shortening of the growing season. Compare that to two years ago, when temperatures hit the 80s in March, followed by a protracted summer drought that withered crops in the fields. ...More




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Framing climate change with culture

April 30, 2014 |

Climate change is touching every community in every country in diverse ways -- and yet, the effects can be subtle enough that signs of change are either missed or argued away. To combat this challenge, experts suggest ‘framing the issue.’...More




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Trip to South Africa nets knowledge and hope

April 9, 2014 |

It was raining when Brenna Holzhauer arrived in Johannesburg last month. South Africans expect rain in autumn, but a month’s average falling in just two weeks in March was out of the ordinary. Overwhelmed infrastructure, drowning deaths, and the threat of water-borne diseases dominated local news in the weeks leading up to Holzhauer’s arrival. Each story marked with the undertones of climate change....More




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“The Matrix” illuminates climate risks to harbors

March 25, 2014 |

Harbors in the Great Lakes are built to last. But bonus rounds of rough weather from more frequent and extreme storms will test the mettle of harbor infrastructure, managers and communities....More




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Communities “BRACE” for weather extremes

March 20, 2014 |

Unpredictability. That’s the new norm for Wisconsin communities as climate change raises the risk of heat waves, heavy rainstorms, compromised tap water, insect-borne disease outbreaks or other extreme events....More




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New tool helps assess climate stress on vulnerable wildlife

March 3, 2014 |

When wild species join the gloomy elite—the list of threatened, vulnerable, endangered or extinct-in-the-wild—wildlife managers work aggressively to save them and their habitats. A new analytical tool that measures the potential impact of climate change on ecosystems could better these efforts...More




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Atmospheric carbon hits historic levels, raising the stakes for adaptation

Jan 31, 2014 |

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels rose to a record 40 billion tons in 2013, driving the atmospheric concentration of the greenhouse gas to a level not seen in human history.....More




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Finding common ground: Climate scientists learn to work in a "noisy landscape"

Jan 29, 2014 |

Walk into a social gathering and make a controversial statement. Claim, for example, that Wisconsin’s forestry industry is in trouble due to climate change, and that we’d better do something about it because climate change is caused by humans. Then watch: People who agree with you will join your cause, and those who don’t will form their own like-minded group....More




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Extreme weather event powers new storm simulation tool

Jan 23, 2014 |

Record-shattering rainstorms hit west-central Wisconsin in June 2008 causing catastrophic damage, including the failure of an earthen dam containing Lake Delton. These events overwhelmed local stormwater management and infrastructure. But they also presented an opportunity for communities across the state to ask themselves: What if that same storm happened in another location? ...More