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Nebraska Races to Catch Its Windy Neighbors By: Carmelo Lattuca Amid acres of swaying grasslands and rows of corn and soybeans, a newcomer rises high above the Nebraska prairie. Giant steel wind turbines three times the size of a cottonwood spin in the state’s steady breeze. The spinning towers now churn out 20% of Nebraska’s

More Reliance on Renewables, Efficient Vehicles and Better Buildings Means Less Reliance on Heat-Trapping Fossil Fuels By: Emerson McManus Just north of Omaha, a nearly finished house crowns the peak of a hill. The one-story structure with a sea-foam-green roof is surrounded by native grasses bending in the wind and neat stacks of chopped firewood.

Breezy Nebraska Could Also Be a Solar Powerhouse By: Annelise Christen Light glides over the Nebraska prairie, flushing the darkness from its path to reveal the manifestation of Cliff Mesner’s dream. The sun strikes dark, rectangular panels floating above what used to be a gravel lot. Electrons fire across millions of circuits and shoot off

Managing Nebraska’s Water Is Critical to the Health of Its People and Crops By: Celeste Kenworthy Connor Baldwin grew up in a town with contaminated drinking water – the kind linked to a slew of potentially fatal health problems for infants and adults.   At the time, the residents of Creighton, Nebraska, didn’t know why

Efforts to improve Nebraska’s soil may reduce the risks of climate change too By: Jenna McCoy Del Ficke has been called the “Walt Whitman of soils.” “I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but I like Walt Whitman,” he says. “So, what the hell?” Ficke does tend to wax poetically about the quality of

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said leaders like Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and President Donald Trump threaten US national security by ignoring climate change. Photo by University of Nebraska Omaha

Trump, Ricketts Threaten Climate Security, Hagel Says Lack of climate leadership hurts all Americans, former US senator charges By: Kat Woerner Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said leaders like Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and President Donald Trump threaten US national security by ignoring climate change. Photo by University of Nebraska Omaha President Donald Trump and

Heat that comes with the summer sun drenches a group of curious calves near Burwell, Neb. Photo by Carlee Koehler

Rising Temperatures Threaten Nebraska’s $14 Billion Cattle Industry Scientists seek to develop new uses for heat-trapping methane gas By: Nora Lucas Heat that comes with the summer sun drenches a group of curious calves near Burwell, Neb. Photo by Carlee Koehler Cattle, like people, don’t do well in hot, humid weather. Unlike humans, they don’t

Rising Temperatures Put Heat on Nebraska’s $7 Billion Corn Industry Food shortages could spark global upheavals By: Sophia Svanda Brothers Rodney and Rich Byars walk through a field of dead and stalled corn on July 16, 2012 in Geff, Ill. Summer temperatures in Nebraska in the mid-21st century could be similar to those experienced during

Climate Change Has US Military Bases in Its Bullseye Omaha’s Offutt Air Force Base takes direct hit from 2019 floods By: Kat Woerner Many buildings on the Southern half of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska experienced devastating flooding in March 2019. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake Offutt Air Force Base helps protect the US

https://videos.files.wordpress.com/ugyZc38c/trimmed-crane-sunrise_hd.mp4The annual migration of sandhill cranes over the Platte River near Kearney, Neb. Video by Michael Forsberg Colorado Construction Cranes May Harm Nebraska’s Sandhill Cranes Denver’s booming population poses potential problems for farmers and wildlife dependent on South Platte River Basin By: Brittni McGuire The sun peeks over the horizon. Construction workers in white hard