MINOCQUA - More than 11 thousand scientists signed a letter declaring the world is in a climate crisis. A retired science professor in the Northwoods held a seminar Monday at Minocqua Public Library about why there are reasons to be concerned and optimistic.
Speaker David Barnhill said extreme weather events like deadly hurricanes and wildfires are becoming the new normal. It will also be one of the hottest years on record.
But Barnhill said there have been many positive steps this year, including heightened activism and the Green New Deal.
"[The Green New Deal] is aimed at creating millions of jobs," said Barnhill. "It is aimed at promoting unions. It is aimed at supporting social justice at the same time that is working seriously on the climate."
Barnhill said the Green New Deal brought climate to the forefront of presidential debates, something that hasn't happened before.
"[The Green New Deal] has inspired democratic candidates to come up with their own plan, many of which are really ambitious which has never come up in a democratic event," said Barnhill.
Barnhill said people can follow climate news in Northern Wisconsin by going to the Northwoods Climate Action Facebook page.
Barnhill was the Director of Environmental Studies at UW-Oshkosh. He now lives in Hazelhurst.
WISCONSIN - Coronavirus cases are on the rise globally as well -- further stressing the global supply chain for personal protective equipment. Newswatch 12 spoke with Senator Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday. She called the lack of federal response to COVID-19 inexcusable.
"I think about how different things would've been today if in the earliest days President Trump had used the something called the Defense Production Act," said Baldwin.
Senator Baldwin argues this would've made sure all the personal protection equipment we needed would have been produced. She says different hospitals and health care facilities have been competing over the same equipment.
ONEIDA COUNTY - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow throughout the state, the Oneida County Health Department is proactively looking to partner with local businesses to assist with contact tracing efforts.
MADISON - As Tommy Thompson takes office Wednesday as President of the University of Wisconsin System, his transition team is announcing creation of the "Listening Post" for Wisconsin residents and UW students, faculty, and staff to ask questions and offer ideas.
MADISON - Public health officials are closing indoor service at bars in Madison as the Fourth of July weekend approaches and as the number of coronavirus cases accelerate, many involving young people in Wisconsin's largest college community.
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