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.
- WISC Editorial Agenda 2013 – Our Climate – Dane Council (channel3000.com)
- Coming up this week on ‘UPFRONT with Mike Gousha’ (wisn.com)
- Parisi creates new Dane County Climate Change Action Council (channel3000.com)