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Nice law shaped to restore parts of the Great Lakes in collaboration with local communities and NOAA.

I cannot recall having Wisconsin or Minnesota branded maple syrup.  

The mystifying weather accounts for the record year, he says. “The late spring, combined with all the snow we had, meant temperatures were moderated so that the trees didn’t warm up too quickly.”

Maple syrup is made from sap, and producers need about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Throughout Minnesota, trees produced high levels of sap during the three-week sap run this year, and the sap they produced was good quality, according to Jacobson. In neighboring Wisconsin, producers reported record-breaking levels as well.

Wisconsin’s 2013 maple syrup production was 265,000 gallons, more than five times the production of 2012,” said Greg Bussler with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (PDF). “This is the highest production since NASS began keeping track in 1992.”


Something like this (more at the link):

This is basically all of the water that could precipitate out of the air at any given moment.

Related: xkcd’s What If series asks what would happen if a rainstorm dropped all its water in one big drop.

These maps are updated daily. Here’s how they’re created.

Totally busted. Ryan requested federal stimulus for energy conservation projects. He took taxpayer money and transferred it to private businesses. As recently as Wednesday (yesterday) he denied requesting the funds from Obama. But, he lied.

His letters requesting stimulus funds were discovered by the Wall Street Journal from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

This matters because he built his career attacking the stimulus funds and attacking environmental policies. This goes beyond hypocritical - it’s flat out lying to Americans.

What else has Paul Ryan lied to the American people about? If he blames his memory, why would we elect someone who can’t remember what he does AS A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF HIS JOB?

In 2009, Ryan wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking for stimulus money to cover costs on two energy conservation projects in his home state of Wisconsin. In the letter, Ryan said the funds would help create jobs and reduce “energy consumption” in the state. At least one of the companies received the requested cash.

The letters were first obtained by The Wall Street Journal through the Freedom of Information Act back in early 2010.  The Boston Globe turned them up for the first time during this campaign season Wednesday. At that point, a Ryan aide referred ABC News back to what a Ryan spokesman said when the letters first went public.

“If Congressman Ryan is asked to help a Wisconsin entity applying for existing Federal grant funds, he does not believe flawed policy should get in the way of doing his job and providing a legitimate constituent service to his employers,” the spokesman told the Milwaukee (Wisc.) Journal Sentinel.

Thursday, Ryan responded to the questions himself.

An oil spill from a broken Enbridge Energy pipeline in Wisconsin has been contained, the company says, but it could not have come at a worse time for the Canadian company, which is trying to get approval for new pipelines in Canada and the United States. The 1,200 barrel spill happened on Friday near Grand Marsh in central Wisconsin, population 127. Enbridge Control Center operators shut down and isolated the line and deployed emergency crews to the site. Environment News Service (

Bad news.

This article on Wisconsin job losses is amazing. Posted just this morning, it has nearly 700 comments! And wowza, the comments are fascinating to read. The theme is that folks are happy(!) that “teachers, union thugs, and the elites” are leaving the state in droves. Absolutely astounding to think that folks actually want a brain drain. Just incredible how effective strong, top-down right-wing policies are…

Here in Massachusetts, jobs are up. Unemployment is down to 6.5%. And the economy is steaming along. Fleeing Wisconsinites welcome!

The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) has released its first comprehensive report,Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation. The report will serve as a resource for business executives, government, natural resource managers, public health officials and other decision makers as they take strategic steps to preserve jobs, invest resources wisely, build resiliency and protect our built and natural environment in the face of a changing climate.
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Maple trees are producing less sugar for maple syrup, impacting thousands of farmers across the northern states. Soon, maple syrup will mostly come from Canada. In fact, back in 2002, Vermont maple sappers sued the federal government for not regulating climate impacts that would destroy an entire industry see Friends of Earth v Watson, here (pdf). I’ll be writing more on climate impacts in this space. For now, check out these stories of how climate change is impacting local people in Wisconsin, from ice fishermen to cross-country ski races to phenology: