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Climate Wisconsin 2050: New publication provides communities tips to adapt to climate change

August 29, 2016 |

Increases in average temperature, higher frequency and intensity of rainfall, and heavier snowfalls are just a few of the things Wisconsinites can expect by the year 2050, according to climate scientists. ...More


WICCI members receive Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources

June 7, 2016 |

Two affiliates of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) have been named to receive a new national award recognizing leadership in climate adaptation...More

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With hope and hands-on: Teaching children about climate change

January 7, 2015 |

Kids are unabashedly fascinated by gross stuff -- slimy guts, stinky plants, creepy crawlers, even earwax-flavored jellybeans – and this fascination is a great way to nurture their interest in science. But what if the science is frightening? ...More

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Fast and Frugal’: Understanding how people handle information a key to climate change communication

December 4, 2014 |

The politicization of climate change is hampering efforts for large-scale policy reform. Top-down mitigation approaches advocated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have failed to produce global policies, leaving communities, industries and individuals vulnerable to shifting climates. But addressing these risks locally may bring about change that bubbles up, according to some experts....More


Land use and climate change alter the habitats of long-term Wisconsin species

November 5, 2014 |

In wetland pockets across Wisconsin, the eggs of the Blanding’s turtle are hatching in the warmth of early autumn. Many of these hatchlings will mature and lay eggs of their own in 20 years. However, the Wisconsin they face may be hotter, more humid, and peppered with extreme storms and summer droughts, according to climate scientists...More

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Air quality: Merging policy and climate change research

September 30, 2014 |

Pedestrians and bicyclists from Delhi and Beijing, Los Angeles and Mexico City know the feeling: itchy eyes, inflamed and congested lungs, coughs and nausea—the caustic sensations that come from breathing polluted air...More


Climate toolkit: Program helps health officials plan for extreme weather events

August 29, 2014 |

Wisconsin communities now have a valuable resource to confront the potential health effects of extreme weather events. A program developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), called BRACE has released the first planning resource designed for health professionals to help Wisconsin’s local governments, public health agencies and the public prepare for and respond to extreme events exacerbated by climate change...More

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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


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