News Archives

2017

July 28, 2017
Patz Discusses Public Health Risks of Climate Change

In an interview to air 10AM, Saturday 7/29/17, on Hank AM 1550 & 97.7 FM, Dr. Patz talks about the specifics of the growing threat climate change is having on public health:  the impact of rising temperatures, air pollution which is causing the death of 7 million people every year, insect-born diseases and the rise of the zika virus, water sources and food supplies which have put 850 million people at risk for malnutrition - a number that will continue to grow. He will also share his views on what the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord will mean.


July 19, 2017
Holly Gibbs Receives DOE Grant

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center was funded by DOE for five years!  Holly Gibbs is a co-PI on the project and will lead work on mapping marginal lands that could be available for cellulosic biofuels and understanding the environmental tradeoffs.  This complements Gibbs' other recent grants focussed on understanding water quality, carbon, and conservation outcomes from recent corn and soy expansion.

MORE »

July 10, 2017
Holly Gibbs interviewed by Reuters for article on cattle "laundering” in the Brazilian Amazon

Read the article "Shady slaughterhouses, 'cow laundering' drive spike in Amazon deforestation".

MORE »

July 05, 2017
Mallika Nocco to Present Public PhD Seminar

Mallika Nocco’s public PhD seminar will be held at 1:00pm on Wed. July 12  in room 1115 of the Wisconsin Energy Institute (1552 University Ave., Madison WI).  Mallika is a PhD candidate in the Nelson Institute’s Environment and Resources graduate program. Her talk will report on the biophysical impacts of irrigation in the Wisconsin Central Sands region on water and energy cycling. Her advisor is Professor Chris Kucharik. 

 


June 08, 2017
Holly Gibbs and GLUE Lab Awarded Multiple Grants

Gibbs was awarded $140K in grants from the National Wildlife Federation and the Packard Foundation to improve estimates of carbon emissions from U.S. land use change and to create a new global biomass and soil carbon database.

$544,500 was received from the National Wildlife Federation to evaluate the impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard on America’s land and water resources. Chris Kucharik is co-PI on this award. 

Holly's Brazil work continues to expand, as she was awarded an additional ~$500,000  to expand her group's work to map the full cattle supply chain in the Brazilian Amazon. 

Congratulations Holly and GLUE (Gibbs Land Use & Environment) Lab. 


June 05, 2017
Professor Jonathan Patz Provided Opening Comments at the Inaugural Planetary Health Conference

This was a talk given on April 28, 2017 in Boston at the New England Aquarium. Click on the more button to read a transcript of the Opening statements. 

MORE »

June 01, 2017
Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Would Be a Public Health Disaster

Jonathan Patz was quoted in an article on undark.org 

 

MORE »

May 25, 2017
GHI Article Highlights Jason Vargo's Most Recent Research Publication

Addressing climate change is a comprehensive way to improve public health, according to a new report co-authored by GHI’s Jason Vargo.

MORE »

May 08, 2017
Congratulations to new SAGE PhD Missy Motew!

Missy Motew defended her PhD thesis “Effects of climate, land use, and land management on phosphorus cycling and water quality in the Yahara Watershed”. This work was funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Water Sustainability and Climate Project (http://wsc.limnology.wisc.edu). Her advisor is Professor Chris Kucharik.   


May 04, 2017
Holloway Group Paper Featured in Popular Science Article

A newly-published paper Abel, D.T. HollowayR. KladarP. Meier, D. Ahl, M. HarkeyJ. Patz (2017), Response of Power Plant Emissions to Ambient Temperature in the Eastern United States, Environmental Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06201, was featured in a Popular Science article, “Your air conditioning habit makes summer smog worse. As temperatures rise, power plants pump out more emissions.”

MORE »

April 26, 2017
Prof. Greg Nemet Named 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Greg Nemet is among 35 distinguished scholars, journalists and authors chosen as Andrew Carnegie Fellows this year from 200 nominees across the country. Fellows receive up to $200,000 in funding to support them during a research sabbatical. Nemet’s project, “How Did Solar Become Inexpensive?” examines unanswered questions about the costs associated with solar energy. 

MORE »

April 14, 2017
Jonathan Patz gives National Academy of Sciences Keynote

Jonathan Patz spoke at the meeting  Protecting the Health and Wellbeing of Communities in a Changing Climate in March 2017. 

MORE »

February 20, 2017
Holloway Presents Talk at annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Meeting

Professor Tracey Holloway leads a group of 13 researchers drawn together as NASA's Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) who are trying to step outside their community of atmospheric scientists and satellite experts to provide space-based tools to relative laypeople -- and to put those new users in a position to shape the way satellite data is collected and used. 

MORE »

February 15, 2017
Livestream Climate and Health Meeting 2/16/17

Jonathan Patz, Director of UW-Madison’s Global Health Institute (GHI) and SAGE Professor, joins former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Climate Reality Project, global health programs at the University of Washington and Harvard, and Howard Frumkin, former director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health, to host the meeting that will be livestreamed beginning at 8 a.m. (CT), Thursday, February 16. Jonathan Patz moderates the panel discussion “Connecting Climate Change and Public Health: State of the Science". 

MORE »

February 14, 2017
Tyler Lark Receives UW-Madison Innovation in Teaching Award

To recognize excellence on the part of TAs across campus, each year the College of Letters & Science, with support from the Graduate School, administers awards for exceptional teaching by graduate students. This year, Tyler Lark was awarded the Innovation in Teaching Award for his recently-developed Environmental Studies capstone course focused on reducing food waste and for  helping to integrate new project-based learning components into existing Geography and Environmental Studies courses.

MORE »

February 11, 2017
Mallika Nocco Awarded Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Mallika Nocco, an Environment and Resources Ph.D. student in Dr. Chris Kucharik's lab was recently awarded a prestigious 2-year 2017 David H. Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which carries $150,000 funding. This is a very competitive award and only 5 fellowships were awarded this year. Mallika will defend this summer and start on her postdoc in September. Her project title is “Water scarcity amidst abundance: A call for adaptive strategies to manage freshwaters, forests, and irrigated agroecosystems throughout sandy aquifers in the Northern Great Lake States.” She will be mentored by Dr. Tracy Twine (U of M), Dr. Mike Fienen (USGS), Dr. Christel Kern (USDA Forest Service), and Dr. Chris Kucharik (UW-Madison).  Congratulations, Mallika!

MORE »

February 04, 2017
Patz Gives University of Vermont Burack Distinguished Lecture Series Talk

Professor Jonathan Patz presented "Confronting the Global Climate Crisis: Likely the quickest way to save lives and promote health around the world" on Jan 26, 2017, at the University of Vermont. 

MORE »

January 24, 2017
Prof Greg Nemet Interviewed on WPR

Professor Greg Nemet was interviewed on WPR's Larry Mieller show on Public Policy's Impact on Clean Energy. Energy is something we don’t often think about, but it impacts everything we do – in fact, our very lives depend on it. To ensure the U.S. has sufficient energy tomorrow requires constant upgrades to technology today, according to our guests. A look at how public policy impacts the development of energy sources.    

MORE »

January 20, 2017
The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) Wins 2017 AMS Special Award in Seattle

The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) was awarded a 2017 AMS Special Award in Seattle For its  inspirational commitment to broadening the participation of women in the Earth sciences, providing a supportive environment for peer mentoring and for professional development. Prof. Tracey Holloway co-founded ESWN and serves as president.

MORE »

January 09, 2017
State’s Revised Climate Change Statement "Simply Incorrect,” Say UW scientists

In an op-ed in Isthmus, Jonathan Patz and other prominent scientists at UW-Madison say that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ revised statement on climate change is “simply incorrect.” “The original wording accurately reflected our knowledge about climate change and its causes, emphasizing the need for the Wisconsin DNR to focus on climate change impacts to protect and manage Wisconsin’s natural resources. The revised statement fails to mention either human-caused climate change or science, but manages to imply that changes in climate are natural, mysterious, and driven by causes that stir debate among climate scientists. In fact, the revised version is simply incorrect.” 

MORE »