City yards are more than just idle patches of grass. They're also powerful traps of carbon — a primary cause of the warming climate, put into the atmosphere as a gas by human activity. A new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers Carly Ziter and Monica Turner finds that spaces like backyards or public parks can store more carbon than urban grasslands or forests. That means even the smallest urban green spaces are a major factor in how the natural world is holding down rising temperatures.
A new report on student discipline says schools need more mental health services, counselors and training for teachers dealing with student trauma. The report comes from a working group convened by the Legislature and was heard in the Senate education policy committee Thursday. It calls for more funding for schools to hire support staff like social workers, psychologists, nurses and counselors.