Sun Number Rates Homes’ Rooftops for Solar Panels

November 2013 By David Shaffer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul Does big data offer a path to cheaper solar power? Sun Number, a start-up company that’s expanding in Minnesota, is using massive databases and web-based tools to help homeowners and solar panel installers determine whether millions of U.S. buildings get enough sun to make rooftop solar … More Sun Number Rates Homes’ Rooftops for Solar Panels

Ancient Flooding Revealed by Pollen Records

November 2013 By SILKE SCHMIDT Most scientists agree that climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, like floods and droughts, in Wisconsin and the rest of the world. There are many recent examples of the devastation caused by such events: the 2011 floods in Australia and Brazil, or the 2013 floods in … More Ancient Flooding Revealed by Pollen Records

Must-See Documentary on Global Climate Change

By SILKE SCHMIDT November 2013 This past weekend (Nov 1-3, 2013), a documentary film festival called “Tales from Planet Earth” at UW-Madison included the screening of one of the most stunning visualizations of global climate change produced to date. The film “Chasing Ice” features James Balog, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, and his team from … More Must-See Documentary on Global Climate Change

Potawatomi Project Will Use Food Waste to Make Energy

October 2013 By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel One of Wisconsin’s signature industries — food and beverage processing — is getting a cutting-edge flavor in a new renewable energy project scheduled to start operating this week. The project, located in the Menomonee River Valley, just west of the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, will convert food … More Potawatomi Project Will Use Food Waste to Make Energy