Except that lead poisoning depresses child mental development, and lead levels measured in Flint children are already off the charts.
Background about Michigan's 2011'Father-know-best' takeover of Flint, here.
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The Northwoods Land Trust ensured permanent public access to Interstate Falls, an 18-foot waterfall on the Wisconsin-Michigan border, with its acquisition this month of 38 acres along the Montreal River.Private donations and a willing seller helped put the deal together, with about half the $188,000 purchase price coming from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, an important public investment resource.
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Wisconsin continues to gamble on a dangerous, negative strategy that every major country and every major corporation in the world came to grips with in Paris: the inevitability of carbon regulation in one form or another...
Wisconsin, the only state not to even start a plan, according to the Natural Resource Defense Council, is putting all its chips on delay through litigation. It’s a dangerous bet for a lot of reasons, but two stand out.
First, we are walking away from early-action incentives and credits that would lower our ultimate cost of compliance. Second, if we do not develop our own plan, the federal government has to impose one on us. Our utilities can’t want that. None of us should, when we could be designing our own energy future.More about the key players making Wisconsin a pollution haven, here, and obstructive denial on climate matters extends far beyond the US Midwest.
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Washington, Dic 22 (Prensa Latina) Lakes around the world are warming surprisingly quickly due to climate change, threatening the global water supply.
The warming waters can lead to problems like toxic algae blooms that make water undrinkable, declines in fish populations that people rely on for food and other serious problems, warns the international team of researchers that released the study this week.Lake Erie, hello.
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...while the state keeps building politically-enabled and pricey new lanes and wider ramps - - have you recently driven through the perpetual $1.9 billion 'improvement' to I-94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois border, or the $1.9 billion Zoo Interchange battle zone? - - the condition of Wisconsin's roads are now rated third-worst in the nation, data show.
So how telling was it [yesterday] that busy State Highway 45 north of its connection to the Zoo morass was closed for hours because huge potholes had opened up on the pavement...
And that's the second time in recent weeks a major Southeastern Wisconsin 'freeway' was closed for emergency repairs because of dangerously large potholes.
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In a troubling new study just out in Nature Climate Change, a group of researchers says that a warming climate could trigger a “massive” dieoff of coniferous trees, such as junipers and piñon pines, in the U.S. southwest sometime this century.And the Post today catalogues the war on climate science led by Lamar Smith, long-time Texas Congressman and current chairman of the House science committee. I wonder if Smith or his constituents in the 25-county Texas Hill Country district see the downside of his beliefs and actions?
Larger, more threatening wildfires are occurring at greater rates as Texas faces lingering drought, consistent development — driven by millions of new residents and the spread of outlying suburbs — and changes in how the state’s land is used...
The forest service responded to just one wildfire of at least 5,000 acres from 1985 to 2000, but in the last 15 years there have been fires of that size nearly every year. There were 27 fires at least that size in 2008 and 76 in 2011.
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A Wisconsin state lawmaker's call for residents to arm themselves and be prepared "to shoot center mass" after a shooting inside a Madison mall...
"Wisconsin does not have a death penalty law, but with significant practice and careful aim, law abiding citizens can help clean our society of these scum bags," [Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger)] said in the news release.
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Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin continues to rank relatively low in job creation because not enough people are ready to join the workforce.
New data from the U.S Labor Department shows Wisconsin ranked 37th among states in adding private jobs during the 12 months ending last June...Wisconsin is 32nd over the last five years...
Walker told a business group in Milwaukee Friday that the state wants to help get more unemployed people off drugs and into jobs.
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“The Alliance for the Great Lakes, an environmental organization in Chicago, did a report in 2013 projecting how many potential future water applicants there could be,” [the National Wildlife Federation's Marc Smith] says. “And they came up with eight stretching roughly from Milwaukee, Wisconsin down to Fort Wayne, Indiana that could be potential water applicants in the future - - Fort Wayne being the largest community.”* Note, also, that Waukesha's diversion intentions have raised concern and opposition in media and by policy-makers across the Great Lakes region.
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The Milwaukee Press Club has announced it has established a $10,000 matching grant to help boost donations to any of the named scholarships that the Milwaukee Press Club Endowment administers.
The grant means that those wishing to contribute money to the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship will be able to double their donation with the Press Club's matching grant. For instance, if someone donates $25 to the Walker fund, the Press Club will add $25 to that donation.
The endowment currently administers only one named scholarship -- the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship -- but the grant also could be used for any new named scholarships.
The Press Club will keep its matching fund active until all of the fund's money has been donated.
Nearly $40,000 has been donated to the Don Walker Memorial Scholarship fund, which will award a $1,000 scholarship each school year to a student studying journalism at either Marquette University or the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For details on the fund, go to www.donwalkerscholarship.org.
The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild and administered through the MPC Endowment, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Milwaukee Press Club.
Walker, a longtime reporter and editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, died in May. He was 62.
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A new bill being circulated in the state Legislature could settle a years-long legal fight over the protected status of Native American effigy mounds located in a limestone quarry in the town of Blooming Grove.The same issue has been raised by the proposed construction of a high-end golf course on a 247-acre forest and wetland on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan near the City of Sheboygan:
The property includes at least one Indian burial mound.
The Black River area was home to a "continuous string" of American Indian populations, according to DNR planning documents. [The adjacent state park] Kohler-Andrae has 21 known archaeological sites.Remember that Wisconsin, by law, recently made it easier for public schools to retain Native American logos and nicknames, has a long history of fighting with Ojibwa tribes over treaty-protected hunting and fishing rights, and rewrote mining law to allow destructive and polluting open-pit iron mining upstream from the Bad River reservation's land and rice-growing estuaries close to Ashland and Lake Superior.
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The Republicans’ unyielding approach has even sympathizers shaking their heads. Paris could provide a chance for the Republican Party to get on the right side of history,” said Andy Karsner, who was an assistant secretary of energy under President George W. Bush.
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The optimism is palpable,” University of Wisconsin law professor Sumudu Atapattu said, speaking live via teleconference from the COP21 conference on climate change in Paris to about 200 environmental activists and interested citizens gathered Thursday at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison.
Atapattu’s sense of optimism permeated “Live from Paris,” featuring a panel of five Wisconsinites representing health, law, business and science convened by the Wiscnsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.Which is what UW scientists and faculty are supposed to do - - lead, participate, collaborate - - Robin Vos' anti-science crusade and Scott Walker's hostility to the Madison campus and to renewable energy not withstanding.
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When I step on the ground in Paris, it will be a homecoming. It's not that I am French but that I am returning to a global community I left more than 11 years ago. I will be rejoining thousands of business leaders, scholars, climate researchers, politicians, activists and citizens concerned about finding policy solutions to reduce carbon pollution and man-made global warming.Hat tip to the reactionaries who tried to stifle Tia and her ideals, as they gave her a bigger platform.
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The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any Planned Parenthood facility is Planned Parenthood themselves. Violence begets violence
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In a rare prosecution of a mining executive for safety violations, former Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship was convicted by a federal jury on one of the three counts brought against him in relation to the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine collapse in West Virginia that killed 29 people.
An investigation of the event found a plethora of warning signs before the accident, including sparking machinery and a buildup of toxic gases. The jury found Blankenship guilty of conspiracy to violate mine safety regulations, which is a misdemeanor, but acquitted him on the more serious counts of deceiving investors and regulators.You hear about the war on coal. I'd say the war's against the miners and justice.
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The assertive posture contrasts with the positions taken this week by leading Republican presidential contenders, several of whom publicly mocked Obama’s efforts to secure an international climate treaty in Paris. The GOP-controlled House voted Tuesday to block the administration’s signature regulation to cut greenhouse-gas pollution from U.S. power plants.
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Median household income fell by a significant margin in two-thirds of Wisconsin counties from 2009 to 2014, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
In Milwaukee County, the median income fell by 10.3% to $43,385. Waukesha County, which had the highest median income in the state at $76,319, saw a 7.1% drop. Washington (-5.2%), Ozaukee (-7.7%) and Racine (-7.9%) counties all experienced declining incomes, as well.
Falling incomes translate into increased poverty down the line. In Milwaukee County, the percentage of people living in poverty increased by 3.9 points to 21.9%. More than half of the counties in the state saw increases in the portions of people living in poverty.
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In Wisconsin, properties on or near shorelines have stagnated for decades by crippling state regulations and unclear ownership. The City of Superior’s shoreline remains blighted and littered with decrepit structures, while just across the bridge Minnesota’s Duluth is flush with restaurants, hotels, and commercial areas.
...every time a job creator applies for a permit they wind up in court because Wisconsin laws aren’t clear enough...Is there data to back up these claims about WI environmental law and its negative consequences?
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