1. Dane Country is Planning for Climate Change

Rather than ignoring global warming as the very real problem that it is and that requires major governmental action now, Dane County is accepting the scientific reality of the problem and is preparing for the continuing threats that climate change will bring. According to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi: “we are taking a step back and looking at how the climate is changing and the types of events that are likely to happen”, he said in a Wisconsin State Journal(WSJ) article (April 14, 2013). “We’re going to assess our readiness”, he said.  University of Wisconsin-Extension climate change expert David Lieble agreed:  “Wisconsin has seen  — and probably will continue to see — more heavy rain and flooding in spring and fall, and longer heat waves and dry spells in summer.”  So Dane County has  initiated a major study aimed at ensuring local government in Dane County will meet the new challenges posed by more extreme weather that climate change (global warming) will usher in.

“There have been more days with temperatures of  90 degrees or hotter, a steady decline in the length of time when lakes are frozen, and significantly higher rainfall totals along with more individual storms dumping more than 2 inches of rain”, Parisi said. The county could conclude that more cooling shelters are needed in certain area on sweltering summer days, or that lake levels need to be lowered to accommodate sudden, heavy rains, Lieble said.

Representatives from more than a dozen county government departments will be led by Dane County Emergency Management Director Charles Tubbs in what has been billed as “the first comprehensive effort of its kind” addressing Wisconsin’s changing climate, according to the WSJ report. The report is due by September, 2013.

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About Mike Neuman

Identical twin; Long-time advocate of protection of our environment; Married; Father to three sons; Grandfather to one granddaughter; Born and raised in Wisconsin; Graduate of University of Wisconsin; post graduate degrees in agricultural economics and Water Resources Management fro UWMadison; Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work for 31 years with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Retired from DNR in 2007; Biked to school crossing guard site 2 X daily for 7 years retiring in 2019; in addition to being an advocate of safeguarding our environment, I am also an advocate for humane treatment of animal, children, and people in need of financial resource for humane living. I am presently a Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin. I oppose all long (>500 miles) distance travel (via fossil fuel burning) for nonessential purposes and all ownership of more than one home. I am opposed to militarism in any form particularly for the purpose of monetary gain. I am a Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; especially against those in authority who are not acting for the public good?in a timely fashion and in all countries of the world not just the U S.. My identical twin, Pat, died in June 2009. He was fired from his job with the National Weather Service despite having a long and successful career as a flood forecaster with the Kansas City National Weather Service. He took a new position in the Midwest Regional Office in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, Pat’s work for the NWS went sour after he began to see the evidence for concern about rising global temperatures shortly after relocating to Minneapolis, and how they appeared to effect of flooding on the Red River that flows out of Canada before entering the U.S. in North Dakota. . Pat and I conversed on a regular basis with other scientists on the Yahoo Group named “Climate Concern “ and by personal email. The NWS denied his recommendation to give his public presentation o n his research at the “Minneapolis Mall of America” in February 2000, which deeply affected h,im. I will h He strongly believed the information ought be shared with the public to which I concurred. That was the beginning of the vendetta against my brother, Patrick J. Neuman, for speaking strongly of the obligations the federal government was responsible for accurately informing the citizenry. A way great similar response to my raising the issue of too many greenhouse gases being emitted by drivers of vehicles on Wisconsin highway system, my immediate supervisors directed: “that neither global warming, climate change nor the long term impacts upon the natural resources of Wisconsin from expansion of the state highway system were to be any part of my job requirements, and that I must not communicate, nor in a memorandum to all the bureau, shall any person who works in the same bureau I do communicate with me, neither verbally on the phone, by email.

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