Climate Change

Activities to evaluate, address, plan, and educate about climate change in Wisconsin and nationally. This work is developed by WGF’s Climate Change Work Group.

WGF Comments on Enbridge Line 5 Re-Route draft Environmental Impact Statement

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WGF 2022 Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement

In December 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Enbridge Line 5 crude oil pipeline re-route in northern Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s Green Fire testified at the public hearing on February 2, 2022 and submitted Read More >

Profile in Conservation

Nancy Turyk is the chair of WGF’s Climate Change Work Group and has recently directed her career focus to climate change by contributing her expertise through local, state, and federal work groups. We asked Nancy about her background, how she became interested in the field of climate change, and how she inspires others to fight climate change.

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Seeking Stories of Extreme Weather in Wisconsin

America’s hunters, anglers, and other outdoorspeople have a keen eye; they know the best spot to cast a fly in the rapids, prime habitat for grouse, and the right place to catch a gorgeous sunset or spot a morel mushroom.  This keen eye also makes them acutely aware of changes in the natural landscape around …

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WGF and Partners Lead Climate Readiness Assessment

Throughout 2021, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) has led the development of a first of its kind effort to conduct a rapid, comprehensive assessment bringing together climate readiness and conservation-based economic opportunities in a rural Western Wisconsin county.  While state and federal governments play an essential role in developing climate policy and leading climate …

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Wisconsin Academy Report Recommends Urgent Climate Change Responses – Briefing January 15

The urgent need to respond to our changing climate – whether reducing carbon levels in the atmosphere and mitigating impacts of global warming, or adapting to extreme weather events we’re already experiencing – should be discussed and debated in terms of the other significant benefits those actions will achieve.
Trumpeting such co-benefits, from improved public health to a cleaner and sustainable environment, could boost public support for climate change responses and increase the chances those steps will be taken by the state and local governments, as well as businesses and property owners.
Those were among the views expressed by participants at a Jan. 15 briefing on the Climate Fast Forward report released by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.

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Wisconsin Legislators Take on Climate Change

Climate change is part of our daily lives: Wisconsin is warmer and wetter than in the past and its residents are experiencing more frequent extreme storms that cause flooding, damage roads and destroy forests.

Responding to Wisconsin’s changing climate would become a public policy priority through a package of legislative proposals, known as Forward on Climate, …

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Climate Fast Forward

“Action is needed now.”

In expressing that urgent call to respond quickly to the Earth’s changing climate and its increasingly disruptive and destructive impacts, Dan Vimont captured in a few words the shared commitment of more than 300 Wisconsin residents attending a Nov. 8 Climate Fast Forward conference in Madison.

Vimont, director of the Nelson Institute’s Center …

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