Environment

Environment
4:56 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Essay: Rethinking Farm to Table

According to Barber, we've lost 100,000 farms in the last five years, and “1.1 % of farms in the United States account for nearly 45 percent of farm revenues.”
Credit Thinkstock.com

Kyle Cherek reads his essay

'I have, as of late, lost all my mirth,' Hamlet, the soul-searching twenty-something, uttered to his school buddies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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Around the Nation
4:07 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Baltimore's Water Wheel Keeps On Turning, Pulling In Tons Of Trash

Since the water wheel began churning in May, it has removed 40 tons of trash from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Clearwater Mills LLC

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 1:31 pm

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a city landmark teeming with tourists, restaurants and — until recently — floating trash.

John Kellett used to walk by Pier 6 every day on his way to work at the Baltimore Maritime Museum on the Inner Harbor. He'd notice the trash floating in the water and hear tourists call the harbor disgusting — and it bugged him.

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Energy
3:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ohio Rolls Back Renewable Energy Standards

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Many states around the U.S. have adopted policies that encourage the development of renewable energy. Lately, though, there's been a major push nationwide for states to repeal those policies. As Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports, Ohio appears to be the first state to temporarily halt some of their standards for utilities.

The Salt
11:19 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Although the FDA seems to have backed off, farmers and brewers are still nervous about the FDA's rule, which will be proposed again at the end of summer.
Shelly Pope/KQED

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:57 pm

Want to infuriate the entire brewing industry? Start poking around its trash.

That's what the Food and Drug Administration discovered when it threatened to dramatically affect how breweries use their spent grain.

Last fall, the FDA proposed a new rule: Facilities producing feed for animals should be subject to regulations similar to those in food manufacturing. Any facility producing animal feed would be required to produce a written plan to identify and minimize contamination.

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Environment
1:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Milwaukee Start Up Among Global Water Center's New Batch of Entrepreneurs

Thursday afternoon the Water Council announced the second round of start ups chosen to work inside the Global Water Center.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Global Water Center Helped Bring Women of Water Together in Milwaukee

Carrie Bristol-Groll, Laurie Parons, Tess Massaroni, Carol Strackbein, Linda Reid, Denise Schmidt, Elizabeth Thelen, Nadia Bogue, Marian Singer, Rosheen Styczinski, Lilly Goren
Credit S Bence

During the opening of the Global Water Center last September, a conversation among women whose professions involve water, evolved from casual to inspired.

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The Salt
4:23 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

Researchers say eating broccoli sprouts could help protect against the harmful effects of air pollution.
Julie Gibbons/Flickr

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:14 am

We get a little suspicious when we hear the claims that it's possible to get rid of the gunk that accumulates in our cells by doing a cleanse with "clean" foods.

But what if some foods actually do help detox the body?

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The Salt
11:15 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers

Leonard Pollara, of Idyll Farms, with some of the goats housed in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit.
Max Ortiz Courtesy of The Detroit News

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:14 pm

As more urban folk strive to produce their own food, gardens both large and small are popping up everywhere. And while it's not unheard of for city dwellers to keep bees and even chickens, only a brave few have been willing to try their hand at goats.

Like hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel, who recently tried to revitalize Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood with a herd of 18 baby goats.

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Environment
9:21 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Heavy Rains Slam Milwaukee Area, More Coming

The view out of a window at WUWM at 9:35 a.m.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Sudden, hard-hitting storms dumped nearly four inches of rain on some parts of the metro area overnight.

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Science
2:25 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

DNA from these crab plovers, collected in Djibouti, Africa, should help scientists figure out how the unusual species fits into the family tree, says the Smithsonian's Helen James.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:29 am

Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, there's a vast, warehouse-like room that's filled with metal cabinets painted a drab institutional green. Inside the cabinets are more than a half-million birds — and these birds are not drab. Their colorful feathers make them seem to almost glow.

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