Lake Mendota’s Spring Thaw Ties for 2nd Earliest on Record

Yesterday morning I brought breakfast to my daughters at our dining room table, glanced out the window and did a double take. The waters of Lake Monona were a churning mass of brownish bluish green. What had only the night Read More …

Blog Redux: What Less Lake Ice Means for Ecology, Economy and Ourselves

NOTE: This post originally ran on January 17, 2012. In the four of the five years since this post, Lake Mendota has frozen over well after its “median” freeze date, and in three of the five years it has thawed Read More …

What Two Frozen Lakes Taught Me About Perception Versus Data

by Samantha Oliver Today, I woke up at my favorite place on earth – Ten Mile Lake, in Hackensack, Minnesota. On the coldest day of the winter thus far, the frozen lake is so bright, so sparkly, it is almost Read More …

Bass Set to Win, Walleye Lose Under Warming Projections

Following up on our call for political officials in Wisconsin to start taking climate change seriously, here is a post originally published in September of 2016 about one of the potential impacts global warming will have on Wisconsin and Midwest Read More …

Lake Tanganyika Fisheries Declining from Global Warming

by Mari N. Jensen and Adam Hinterthuer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The decrease in fishery productivity in Africa’s largest lake is a consequence of global warming rather than just overfishing, according to a report to be published this week in Read More …

Guest Post: Earth’s Current Sea Change a Warning to “Respect the Slow”

by Steve Carpenter Around the Baltic Sea in Sweden there are dozens of abandoned Viking settlements. The odd thing about these sites is that they lie a few kilometers inland. The Vikings were seafaring people, and the settlements have the Read More …

Ice Data from Early “Citizen Scientists” Confirms Warming Since Industrial Revolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MADISON, WI — In 1442, fifty years before Columbus “sailed the ocean blue,” Shinto priests in Japan began keeping records of the annual freeze dates of a nearby lake. Along a Finnish river, starting in 1693, local Read More …

From Supporting Actor to Star: Will Ecology Take the Lead Role in Future Climate Conferences?

by Steve Carpenter If climate change was the star of the recently concluded Paris Climate Conference (COP21), ecology played a key supporting role. At COP21, 195 nations agreed to hold global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and, Read More …

Science on Tap: Jonathan Patz to Discuss Climate Change and Global Health

MINOCQUA, WI – On Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm, guests at the Minocqua Brewing Company will be able to raise a pint and raise their hands to ask a Nobel Prize-winning scientist about one of the biggest issues of our time. Read More …