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Environment
3:34 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

US Forest Service Connects With Milwaukee Youth

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Students at most colleges and universities around the state are back in class at this point. For a group of students that spent the summer in Milwaukee, they take back with them lessons learned in developing environmental curricula for young people.

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Environment
10:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Urban Ecology Center Study: The Value of Connecting Kids to the Natural World

Exploring Three Bridges Park below Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center.
Credit S Bence

Most kids are back in school by now; that means their outdoor play time is dramatically reduced. That assumes, of course, that children actually spend time playing outside and exploring nature. Data suggests otherwise. 

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Environment
2:33 am
Tue September 9, 2014

More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

A Baltimore oriole perches near apple blossoms in Mendota Heights, Minn.
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Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:33 am

People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their Major League Baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced to nest well north of the Mid-Atlantic state.

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The Salt
4:35 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?

Opponents of Michigan fish farms say there is no room for them in the lakes because of sport fishing and other recreational activities.
sfgamchick/Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:20 pm

Even though Michigan is surrounded by more than 20 percent of the world's freshwater, fish farming is largely unheard of there.

But this summer, the aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over the appropriateness of fish farming on the Great Lakes.

There's only one company now in Michigan that raises fish for restaurants and grocery stores in large volumes. It's a family business, run by Dan Vogler, on a few acres near Harrietta, Mich., population 143.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

Off the coast of Southern California, a crowd watches a blue whale rise to the surface earlier this summer. A new study says the population of blue whales off the West Coast is close to historic levels.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:16 pm

Decades after the threat of extinction led to them being protected from whalers, there are now about 2,200 blue whales off the West Coast, according to a new study. That's roughly 97 percent of historical levels, say researchers at the University of Washington who call their findings a conservation success story.

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Environment
7:00 am
Sun September 7, 2014

For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 9:20 am

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Law
3:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 5:51 pm

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Environment
3:10 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Views Collide on Future of Estabrook Dam

Credit S Bence

People packed the Nicolet High School cafeteria Wednesday evening to consider three Estabrook Dam alternative plans - repair, remove or a hybrid.

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The Salt
5:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Chicks in the Perdue hatchery in Salisbury, Md. The company says an increasing number of its chickens are now raised using "no antibiotics, ever."
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 1:42 pm

Perdue Farms says it has ditched the common practice of injecting antibiotics into eggs that are just about to hatch. And public health advocates are cheering. They've been campaigning against the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture, arguing that it's adding to the plague of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Environment
10:21 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Milwaukee County Considers Solutions for Ailing Estabrook Dam on Milwaukee River

Estrabrook Dam
Credit S Bence

The Estabrook Dam has been a fixture on the river since the 1930s. Today, it is mired in debate.

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