Does “climate change” exist in Wisconsin?

Ice on Lake Superior doesn't last long, and the lake is warming!
Ice on Lake Superior doesn’t last long, and the lake is warming!

As Wisconsin and the world have probably just experienced one of the warmest years on record, Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, is deleting climate change from existence, or trying anyway. Sorry governor, climate change is not going away!

I have a cabin in Wisconsin, and can rattle off the climate changes I have seen in just the last few years:  First I have lived through three very dangerous storms.  All three were 100-year events with flooding and loss of many trees. Second, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, lakes surrounding Wisconsin, are warming at a pace never seen before.  Third, good winter snow is a thing of the past.  Either it doesn’t snow, or after it snows, it rains or warms up making winter sports icy and dangerous.  We experience long droughts, then too much rain at one time.  And finally, the night temperatures are rising; it doesn’t get as cold on winter or summer nights. Where I sit in Wisconsin the climate is changing!

The governor must feel the need for some attention, or maybe he is applying for a position in the Trump administration?  What is the purpose, to waste taxpayer money?

As a taxpayer in Wisconsin I do not appreciate such a waste of time and resources. Can this be good for the Wisconsin economy? I know people who refuse to spend any money in Wisconsin. They drive through refusing to stop or spend a dollar.  Why would businesses want to locate in such a backwards place?

Why should we care about climate change?

What is the future, when we can't accept the reality of the present
What is the future, when we can’t accept the reality of the present?

http://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-deleted-dnr-website-2166939088.html

Good News! Humans No Longer Caused Climate Change, According to the State of Wisconsin

http://gizmodo.com/good-news-humans-no-longer-caused-climate-change-acco-1790641483

America Recycles Day

Recycle More!
Recycle More!

Garbage is a terrible thing to waste!

On America Recycles Day, what commitment can you make to recycle more?  I live in a community where my one-sort recycle bin is picked up bi-weekly and compost every week.  It is easy!!  However, every community has their own rules on recycling and composting. Find recycling information for your community  http://earth911.com/

It is a horrible to waste valuable resources by putting recyclables in the landfill where they might sit for hundreds of years(We don’t know how long plastic will last, maybe forever in tiny pieces!)

http://earth911.com/  has a great article on the mistakes we make in recycling. Read it here

Some ideas to help you recycle more:

  1. Bottle caps should stay on bottles.
  2. Magazines and glossy paper can be recycled!
  3. Shredded paper is hard to recycle, it flies around.  Compost shredded paper.
  4. Food stained cardboard(pizza boxes) should not be recycled.  Again, they can be composted along with paper egg cartons.
  5. Do not put plastic bags in your compost bin.  They jam the machines!  Bring all plastic bags back to the grocery store for recycling, and reuse them over and over before you recycle them.
  6. Choose glass or aluminum over plastic.  Glass and aluminum are easier to recycle.
  7. More ideas
  8. Get into the recycle mindset
  9. Good Luck!

 

 

 

Protecting our Waterways

Keep our lakes and rivers clean
Keep our lakes and rivers clean

The leaves are falling, and it is raking season.  What does this have to do with water quality?

The substances that turn our lakes and rivers green each summer come from our lawns and yards. We think of leaves as waste, but to a lake they are food. The algae in lakes love leaves, and when we feed lakes too many leaves, algal blooms turn our lakes and rivers green and smelly. Protecting water is everyone’s job What can you do? Simple–remember the land/water connection! What we do to the land we do to the water. Clean your streets when the leaves fall from the trees, and when you mow the grass clean your streets, also. Keep our lakes and rivers clean.

October 2016, Superior Views

20161017_104029October 2016

October has been spectacular on the south shore of Lake Superior.  The lake is a deep rich blue and everything on shore is bright gold.  The red of the maples has evolved into wpid-wp-1413767657351.jpeggold, blending with the yellow birch and aspen. The entire outdoors reflects a pleasant gold hue.

Most of the flowers have turned to seeds, and migrating birds have gone south. All t20161020_130218he remaining wildlife is getting ready for winter: Chickadees, nuthatches and flying squirrels empty our bird feeder.  Chipmunks and squirrels are eating, digging, and being stalked by a hunting coyote.  The adult bird-62696_640eagles are paired up and travel as a twosome.  The world must look awesome from their favorite pine tree overlooking the big lake, and when they soar above the gold-red landscape.

 

 

Pick up One Piece of Trash a Day

This trash could end up in our lakes and oceans breaking into little pieces that last many years.
This trash could end up in our lakes and oceans breaking into little pieces that last many years.

#TalkingTrashTuesday

The snow has melted, the sun is shining, it is time to pick up litter from the winter. Carry a bag with you to pick up trash. It makes our world look SO much better, and it keeps trash from washing into our lakes, streams and oceans.

Pick up One Piece of Trash a Day  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pick-up-One-Piece-of-Trash-a-Day/267910856667805?fref=nf

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-bassett/breaking-the-plastic-addi_b_781569.html

http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/

A landmark new study shows there is 30 times more plastic entering our ocean than previously estimated. http://www.oceanconservancy.org/

Take 3  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=867945456577550&fref=nf    Take 3 minutes to pick up trash and what do you find?