Environment

Being Cyclist Friendly is the Point

The City of Stevens Point was recently ranked fourth on a list of Wisconsin cities with the most citizens biking to work. The ranked list came from a 2015 American Community Survey on towncharts.com. The city with the highest percent of citizens biking to work was Lake Delton where 8 percent of citizen’s commute by bike. Stevens Point had half ... Read More »

Greenpeace Campaigns to Protect Newly Discovered Amazon Reef

Greenpeace, an environmentally minded non-government organization, has recently released photos of the newly discovered Amazon Reef in hopes of promoting its protection. The reef was first stumbled upon in 2012, but its existence was only officially announced in April of 2016 in the journal Science. With a size 3,600 square miles and depths that range from about 160 to 330 ... Read More »

Rising Temperatures Match Citizen Uprisings

2016 is officially the hottest year since record keeping began in the 1800s. Even with a La Niña event cooling the globe down during the last few months of 2016, the year still broke the record for average global temperatures. Data collected by the NOAA declared that the average global temperature was 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit above the average of 57.2 ... Read More »

Japanese Whaling Spearheads International Controversy

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 »

What’s Next for the Dakota Access Pipeline?

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, President Donald Trump signed executive orders to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. Construction on the 1,170 mile Dakota Access Pipeline has been on standstill since last year when former President Barack Obama instructed the Army corps to explore other possible route options. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other Native American groups ... Read More »

Meatless Mondays Diet Impacts Environment

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 »

Bad River Band Denies Pipeline Renewal

The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Native Americans voted against allowing an existing pipeline owned by Enbridge Inc. from passing through their reservation. The existing Line 5 pipeline, is currently 64 years old.  According to an article by the Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative, after the Band voted against the renewal of the pipeline’s easement they directed tribal staff ... Read More »

Go Green or Go Home

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been ranked within the top 30 universities in the country for their expanding use of renewable energy. The Green Power Partnership was awarded to UWSP through the Environmental Protection Agency for representing one of the largest green power universities in the country. Campus sustainability coordinator, Dave Barbier, explained how UWSP reached this achievement. “We ... Read More »

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Added to Endangered Species List

Wisconsin is now one of the few places in the world in which the rusty patched bumble bee can be found. Previously the bee’s population spread over 28 states. In the last 10 years the bees’ range has declined over 87 percent and now rusty patched bumble bees can only be found in 12 states. The Xerces Society and other ... Read More »

Proposal to Split Up the DNR Sparks Controversy

Once again, Wisconsin republicans are moving to disband the state Department of Natural Resources. The proposal aims to break the DNR into sections and file them into three existing departments and two new ones. Those in favor of the bill hope that splitting up the DNR will protect departments from further budget cuts, while also claiming that the department is ... Read More »