Study finds Wisconsin poverty rate increased in 2016 despite jobs growth

The Tenth Annual Wisconsin Poverty Report released today found the Wisconsin poverty rate increased to 10.8 percent in 2016, compared to 9.7 percent in 2015, as measured by the Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM). The significant rise came despite the state’s jobs growth during the period. The official poverty rate for Wisconsin also increased, from 10.8 to 11.8 percent.

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Heavier rains and manure mean more algae blooms

On June 6, 2018, the Center for Limnology reported that a toxic algae bloom had begun to spread across Lake Mendota. It quickly led to the closure of beaches around Madison’s largest lake.

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David Baum quoted in NPR: Why are some of Africa's biggest baobab trees dying off?

Noted: Baobabs, especially old ones, can be more vulnerable to drought than their grizzled appearance might suggest, says David Baum, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But more evidence is needed, he says, to strengthen the link between climate change and the baobab deaths.

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Barry Burden in the Wisconsin State Journal: Same-day registration could save the day

The national attention on election security shows that sometimes the solution to a complex problem is not high-tech or even new. Election Day voter registration could save the day, even if voter registration databases are compromised.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: La Follette alum Paul Rusk

“We must always remember that we — the people of this nation — should and can be ‘the powers that be,’ ” said Paul Rusk (BS’77 Horticulture, MA’91 Public Affairs and Administration) in a speech during UW–Madison’s 1977 spring commencement.

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Institute for Research on Poverty in Journal Sentinel: "Study: In 2016, Wisconsin's job market improved but the state's poverty rate increased"

Despite a robust job market, Wisconsin’s poverty rate increased to 10.8% in 2016, compared to 9.7% in 2015, according to a report released Friday by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Andrew Kydd in The Washington Post: Promises on North Korea are easy to make but hard to keep. Here’s why.

The June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore seems back on the calendar. But it’s not likely to result in the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Vacant, but not empty: Geography graduate student explores the use of abandoned properties

Vacant properties are often seen as remnants of the housing crisis or vestiges of industries that are no longer as present as they once were in U.S. cities. But graduate student Elsa Noterman sees more in these vacant properties, including current uses and important histories.

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Thank the moon for Earth’s lengthening day

A new study that reconstructs the deep history of our planet’s relationship to the moon shows that 1.4 billion years ago, a day on Earth lasted just over 18 hours.

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