MARCH 4, 2016
No society is sustainable because they want to be. Switching from a petroleum-based economy to one based on renewables is expensive and a big adjustment, and as a person who is still adjusting to living in a different country, I completely understand why big changes are scary. So then why are societies making the switch?
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
Gibbs earns Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
Holly Gibbs, an assistant professor of geography and environmental studies, is one of twelve UW-Madison faculty members that have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
New climate model better predicts changes to ocean-carbon sink
Since pre-industrial times, the world’s oceans have absorbed 41 percent of the carbon dioxide humans have released into the atmosphere. The remainder stays airborne, warming the planet.
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Sumudu Atapattu examines links between human rights and climate change
Before discussing her new book, Sumudu Atapattu wants to make one thing clear: human activity is causing the planet to heat up.
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Embracing change for a broader perspective on environmental sustainability
Leaving a place you call home is never easy. Whether your destination is 50 or 4,000 miles away, if it’s not where you grew up, it’s foreign and terrifying. Removing yourself from what is comfortable and replacing it with something unknown is commonplace in the daunting realm that is "becoming an adult.”
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
Long-term picture offers little solace on climate change
Climate change projections that look ahead one or two centuries show a rapid rise in temperature and sea level, but say little about the longer picture. Today (Feb. 8, 2016), a study published in Nature Climate Change looks at the next 10,000 years, and finds that the catastrophic impact of another three centuries of carbon pollution will persist millennia after the carbon dioxide releases cease.
JANUARY 21, 2016
Monona, UW-Madison partner on first 'UniverCity Year' project
A new UW-Madison initiative to help boost urban sustainability in Wisconsin has landed its first partner: the city of Monona. The Dane County community will participate in the inaugural UniverCity Year project, which will mobilize an army of students enrolled in more than a dozen university courses.
JANUARY 12, 2016
Clouds, like blankets, trap heat and are melting the Greenland Ice Sheet
The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice sheet in the world and it’s melting rapidly, likely driving almost a third of global sea level rise. A new study shows clouds are playing a larger role in that process than scientists previously believed.
JANUARY 6, 2016
Urban Canid Project helps track Madison’s coyotes and prevent conflicts
When a young male coyote on Madison’s west side began acting oddly last month, the Urban Canid Project took to Facebook.
JANUARY 5, 2016
Holloway honored for promoting public dialogue
Tracey Holloway, who leads a research program that uses computer models and satellite data to understand links between air quality, energy and climate, is the winner of a AAAS Public Engagement Fellowship. She is one of 15 chosen for their interest in promoting dialogue between science and society.