On April 29th, the Trump administration erased all climate change information from the U.S. EPA website. Dane County wants to ensure that area residents remain well-informed about the impacts of climate change. To view the deleted climate change information, see the City of Chicago new webpage www.cityofchicago.org/climatechangeisreal, that preserves the former EPA climate change website that contains decades of work by climate scientists informing citizens about the basic science behind climate change and the impacts of increased greenhouse gas emissions on our weather.
In 2016, Governor Walker deleted all climate change information from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website. While some people continue to deny basic science and experience, Dane County thinks you should have access to all of the information. Below is the climate change webpage taken down by Governor Walker and DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.
Earth´s climate is changing. Human activities that increase heat–trapping ("green house") gases are the main cause. Earth´s average temperature has increased 1.4 °F since 1850 and the eight warmest years on record have occurred since 1998. Increasing temperatures have led to changes in rainfall patterns and snow and ice cover. These changes could have severe effects on the Great Lakes and the plants, wildlife and people who depend on them. While no one can predict exactly what climate change will mean for our Great Lakes, scientists agree that the following changes are likely if climate change patterns continue.
The good news is that we can all work to slow climate change and lessen its effects. To find out more about climate change and how we can all help, please visit the following links.
Climate change is mainly the result of rising CO2 levels in Earth´s atmosphere. Check out the most current CO2 level and what it means: CO2 Now [exit DNR]
General climate change information and actions we can all take to help (includes a special section for teachers and students): EPA Climate Change [exit DNR]
Climate Change Adaptation Workshops