Climate Change Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Environmental Racism: How Climate Change Disproportionately Impacts Communities of Color A legacy of racism leaves people of color most susceptible to climate change and environmental hazards By: Aila Ganić Advertisement from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Courtesy of the Sierra Club A mid-August sun beats down on a middle-aged roofer in South Omaha. He’s

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

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

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 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

The Politics of Climate Change How we can have more productive conversations By: Dylan Patrick Destruction left in the wake of the historic 2019 floods in Winslow, Nebraska. Photo by Lindsey Woods “You and all your climate terrorists can go to hell. You don’t have any idea what you’re talking about. You haven’t lived long

Nebraska’s Wildlife Already Feeling the Heat from Climate Change A warmer earth is silencing the chorus of creepers, crawlers, swimmers and flyers who’ve inhabited the planet for millions of years By: Carlee Koehler | July 3, 2020 Wildlife now live on the edge of urban communities like Lincoln, Neb. As habitats fragment, species either coexist

Floodwater from the Missouri River covers an area of Percival, Iowa, near the Iowa-Nebraska border. Photo by Robert Ray The Impact of Climate Change on Nebraska’s Water: Too Much and Too Little The state already has taken steps to protect its precious resource By: Celeste Kenworthy Fifty-five years ago, Jim Goeke hated the state of