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A train carrying coal derailed Jan 2014 in the Village of Caledonia, forcing the closure of Five Mile Road.

Dane County is taking climate change seriously and plans to make a nearly $1 million investment next year to handle big rainstorms, heavy blizzards and more runoff into farm fields. The $508 million county budget for 2014 to be introduced by County Executive Joe Parisi on Tuesday will include money for everything from 16 new Sheriff's Office vehicles that can power through deep snow to larger culverts to handle copious amounts of storm water.

Enbridge, a beleaguered Canadian oil pipeline company spilled more than 50,000 gallons of light crude oil in rural Wisconsin -- shortly after the company said it had implemented safety reforms after a massive 2010 spill in Michigan.

Farmer Ed Schoenberg and his son harvest oats early in attempt to salvage their drought damaged crop near Burlington, Wisconsin, on July 17, 2012

Three wind farm developers with a combined investment of more than 600 million dollars and 1,100 jobs have stopped operations in Wisconsin because of what they call a “hostile business environment for green energy.”

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The ability to track changes in wintering Black Duck populations is confounded by indications that black ducks may be wintering further north in largely unsurveyed areas, possibly a consequence of climate change.

By the middle of the century, Wisconsin residents are projected to experience 1.5 to 4 more weeks of daytime temperatures exceeding 90 ºF. Public health officials and concerned citizens will be charged with the task of protecting the most vulnerable populations in the face of these changes.

Under the climate conditions forecasted by our most rigorous models, species currently residing in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, like red pine, balsam fir, and paper birch, may fail to reproduce and go locally extinct.

Lower lake levels could mean major trouble for Great Lakes shipping and thus for businesses and consumers.

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have collected data beginning in 1855 recording the dates on which Lakes Monona and Mendota have frozen (“ice in”) and thawed (“ice out”). While the dates vary greatly from year to year, the overall trend for shorter ice seasons is clear.

Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation and Losing Wisconsin's Winters

Potential impacts from climate change on Wisconsin's agriculture.