Author Archives: Naomi Albert

Student Sculptures Displayed at Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Connect Art with Nature

An installation at the sculpture park. Photo courtesy of Tom Quinn.

Last semester the natural landscape of the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station provided inspiration for a half a dozen student sculptures which are now displayed around the station’s grounds. The project was born when Tom Quinn, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station director, contacted Kristin Thielking, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point sculpture professor. Upon Quinn’s request, students from Thielking’s sculpture class were tasked with ... Read More »

Student Diets Could Support Deforestation on Other Side of Globe

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Chocolate, granola bars, shampoo and detergent are all seemingly harmless products which often contain palm oil, an ingredient that leads to deforestation and destruction of critical wildlife habitat in Asia. Student diets may be contributing to deforestation, since many packaged foods sold at the convenience dining locations on campus contain palm oil. Few realize that their food choices fuel the ... Read More »

Rhode Island Carbon Tax Could Protect Environment and Local Economy

Carbon emissions coming from smoke stacks. Photo courtesy of salon.com.

As a coastal state, Rhode Island could soon see the devastating effects of climate change. In response, some Rhode Island lawmakers recognize their state’s imminent danger and have introduced a proposal to tax carbon polluters. The proposed bill, referred to as Energize Rhode Island, would create a fund for clean energy and jobs with some of the revenue from the ... Read More »

Trump Administration Overturns Stream Protection Rule

Waste water running out of a drain. Photo courtesy of vox.com.

On Feb. 16, President Trump signed the Stream Protection Rule out of existence. A repeal which was voted for by the Senate and House of Representatives earlier in the month. The rule had only just been passed in December during the final weeks of Obama’s presidency. The Obama administration had high hopes for the legislation. In December, the Department of ... Read More »

Prospective Border Wall Threatens Endangered Wildlife

Wild jaguar on the endangered species list. Photo courtesy of outsideonline.com

In January, the heavily debated border wall got one step closer to becoming a reality when President Trump signed an executive order for its immediate construction. The economic and social implications of the wall inflamed disputes from the beginning of Trump’s campaign, but little publicity has been given to its effect on the border region’s wildlife. Shawn Crimmins, professor of ... Read More »

Japanese Whaling Spearheads International Controversy

whale meat sold at japan market. Photo courtesy of planetearthherald.com.

Controversy arose last month after photos circulated of a harpooned whale allegedly aboard a Japanese ship in Australia’s Antarctic territorial waters. The incident sparked tension between Australia and Japan, in addition to global attention since there has been a worldwide ban on commercial whaling since 1985. Japan has continued whaling since the ban because they claim that it is for scientific, ... Read More »

Meatless Mondays Diet Impacts Environment

Beef Hamburger | Photo Courtesy of Dalen Dahl

Diet plays a role in climate change, deforestation and water conservation, yet it is an aspect of sustainability which is rarely discussed.  That is why College of Natural Resource seniors Deaken Boggs and Megan Zielke are working with student government to bring Meatless Mondays to Campus. The initiative, which encourages omnivores to go vegetarian one day a week, brings a ... Read More »