Environment

Animals
3:13 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

To Crack Down On Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn To Drones

This young female rhinoceros, photographed in Kenya in 2011, was killed by ivory poachers a few months after this photo was taken.
Courtesy of Tom Snitch

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 5:20 pm

A crowd of wildlife rangers gathered on a woody hillside in Nepal last year to try something they'd never done before. A man held what looked like an overgrown toy airplane in his right hand, arm cocked as if to throw it into the sky. As his fellow rangers cheered, he did just that. A propeller took over, sending it skyward.

The craft was an unmanned aerial vehicle, also known as a drone, though not the military kind. Its wingspan was about 7 feet, and it carried only a video camera that filmed the forest below.

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Project Milwaukee
10:45 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Clean Energy Gets a Mixed Reception From State Legislatures

Inside Wisconsin's State Capitol building.
Credit bcdixit, Flickr

Reporter Maria Gallucci speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

As we've heard on our Project Milwaukee: Power Switch coverage, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate ten percent of their electricity from sustainable sources, such as solar, wind, or biomass.  They're standards that were created by the state legislature.

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Project Milwaukee
10:09 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Understanding Wisconsin's Renewable Energy Standards

Blount Generating Station in Madison, WI.
Credit Michael Leland, Flickr

The Public Service Commission's Bob Norcross talks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

The regulatory body in Wisconsin charged with making sure utilities are meeting the state's sustainability mandate is the Public Service Commission.  

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Project Milwaukee
8:42 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wisconsin's Power Grid

The Oak Creek coal plant is one of the last to come online in the U.S.

The majority of energy the U.S. produces comes from coal. The same holds true for Wisconsin. However, natural gas has been gaining, because producers have found a cheaper way to extract it, using sand.

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Project Milwaukee
4:17 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Expert: The Market Will Dictate What Renewable Energy Source Has The Most Promise

Todd Myers says the Toyota Prius is the perfect example of how the free market can help drive environmental decision-making.
Credit greekgeek, Flickr

Listen to Mitch Teich's interview with Todd Myers.

What is green energy's potential? It’s a question that’s being asked on a national scale - especially in the wake of some highly publicized missteps, such as the failure of the solar company Solyndra, which had significant funding from federal sources.

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