JANUARY 11, 2017
Climate change is indisputable, despite political controversy
Recent developments in state and national politics have put climate change in the spotlight. As stories circulate in the media regarding positions on climate change within Wisconsin state government and the incoming presidential administration, several news outlets have published statements about climate change that do not align with established fact.
JANUARY 4, 2017
New CHE director Lynn Keller brings passion for environmental humanities
Every year, faculty and graduate students from the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE) file into a bus to begin a four-day journey across Wisconsin. This place-based workshop, centered on a different topic each year, is something Lynn Keller, professor of English and newly appointed CHE director, sees as one of the most important parts of the center’s annual programming.
JANUARY 4, 2017
Abrupt climate change could follow collapse of Earth’s oceanic conveyor belt
A new study, co-authored by Zhengyu Liu, professor of atmospheric and oceanic science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, shows Earth’s oceanic conveyor belt, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), could collapse as carbon dioxide levels rise and lead to abrupt climate change.
JANUARY 4, 2017
Aldo Leopold series involves community in environmental discussions
As environmental concerns grow more urgent, the work of Aldo Leopold remains a vital touchstone. The University of Wisconsin-Madison professor was a pioneering conservationist and the author of A Sand County Almanac, the seminal 1949 book about people’s relationship to nature. UW-Madison will honor Leopold’s legacy and connect it to our time with a wide-ranging series of seminars, lectures, and workshops.
NOVEMBER 7, 2016
Zebra mussels invade Lake Mendota
Last fall, students in a UW–Madison undergraduate limnology lab found invasive zebra mussels living in Lake Mendota for the first time. Center for Limnology (CFL) researchers monitoring for the invader continued to see the shelled freshwater mussel only sporadically.
NOVEMBER 2, 2016
NSF grant bolsters Nelson Institute program supporting STEM students with financial need
The Nelson Institute’s Community Environmental Scholars Program was recently awarded nearly $1 million to continue its mission in supporting, educating and graduating students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
OCTOBER 21, 2016
UW botanist leads petition to give Venus flytrap endangered species protection
University of Wisconsin–Madison ecologists have played a key role in a petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday seeking emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the Venus flytrap.
OCTOBER 19, 2016
Reconnecting to the earth with Milwaukee youth
Having grown up and attended school together in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, UW-Madison sophomores Katie Piel and Natalie Hogan were well aware of food security issues throughout the city, but it wasn’t until college they started to learn how they could address the problems.
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Explaining the ‘terrifying’ trends of climate change: Q&A with climate scientist Galen McKinley
The earth is warming at a pace "unprecedented in 1,000 years,” NASA scientists report, threatening to breach the global temperature limits set in the Paris climate treaty that will take effect in November.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance helps Wisconsin communities innovate, grow
This fall, the city of Monona will serve as a living lecture hall for many students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, thanks to a new program aimed at strengthening the connection between the university and communities across the state.