MARCH 30, 2016
Win a selection of books from noted authors speaking at Earth Day conference
To celebrate the stories and perspectives being shared at the tenth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on April 25, the institute will randomly select five conference attendees who will each receive a collection of five books by featured speakers David Quammen, Carolyn Finney, Andrew Revkin, Kimberly Blaeser, and Michael Shellenberger.
MARCH 30, 2016
No snow, no hares: Climate change pushes emblematic species north
If there is an animal emblematic of the northern winter, it is the snowshoe hare. A forest dweller, the snowshoe hare is named for its big feet, which allow it to skitter over deep snow to escape lynx, coyotes and other predators. It changes color with the seasons, assuming a snow-white fur coat for winter camouflage.
MARCH 29, 2016
McKinley, expert in ocean-carbon interplay and climate change, named Bryson Professor
For Galen McKinley, big questions about the Earth’s climate can be found in the oceans. Chipping away at what we don't yet know about the water that covers nearly three-quarters of the planet has become her work’s focus.
MARCH 29, 2016
Sustainability advocate, corporate leader and restoration ecologist honored with Nelson Institute alumni awards
An advocate for sustainability and social equity, a corporate leader connecting the health of people and the environment, and a distinguished professor and restoration ecologist have been named recipients of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies’ third annual alumni awards, established in 2014 to spotlight the accomplishments of the institute’s nearly 4,000 alumni.
MARCH 28, 2016
Nelson Institute researchers receive GHI awards to prevent spread of disease, cut carbon emissions
A Nelson Institute graduate student and a faculty affiliate are among the UW-Madison investigators to receive awards from the Global Health Institute (GHI), it was announced March 28.
MARCH 17, 2016
Fact, fiction or just plain fun? Ten things to know about historic Science Hall
Hoax or horror? Reality or imagination? The tales of UW-Madison’s Science Hall are as tall as its towering, castle-like walls at the base of Bascom Hill.
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.