AUGUST 25, 2015
Understanding El Niño: Q&A with climate scientist Dan Vimont
With forecasters predicting that the developing El Niño could rival the strongest on record, we asked associate professor Dan Vimont to explain the weather phenomenon and its potential effects.
AUGUST 17, 2015
Report: Bicycling deaths have decreased, but adults remain at elevated risk
Overall rates for U.S. biking deaths decreased 44 percent from 1975 to 2012, according to a new report published Aug. 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and led by Jason Vargo, an assistant scientist with UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Global Health Institute.
AUGUST 10, 2015
UW-Madison earns top-five ranking in conservation and natural resources education
The university garnered a fifth-place ranking among higher education bachelor’s degree programs in conservation and natural resources, according to College Factual, an organization that uses outcomes-based data to help students with college selection.
AUGUST 7, 2015
Inclination to illegally kill wolves persists in Wisconsin, study finds
Legal wolf hunting did not affect attitudes or inclinations to kill wolves illegally in Wisconsin, according to a study recently published in Biological Conservation, part of a special issue of the journal examining non-compliance with conservation rules.
AUGUST 3, 2015
Students develop carbon reduction strategies in Colombia
Any effort to become more energy-efficient begins with assessing the baseline: the current carbon footprint of a home, building or entire company. But that can be a daunting task. So when Ron Meissen, senior director of sustainability for Baxter Healthcare, heard that his Colombian colleagues wanted to reduce their company’s carbon footprint, he knew it would make a perfect graduate student project.
JULY 21, 2015
Ozdogan hosts workshop for NASA effort on remote sensing and agriculture
Ozdogan hosts workshop for NASA effort on remote sensing and agriculture the NASA-funded GFSAD30 project will document cropland changes from 1990 to 2017 to provide a record of water use, crop ty
JULY 20, 2015
As climate warms Hawaiian forest, birds lose more ground to mosquitoes
Hawai‘i, the name alone elicits images of rhythmic traditional dancing, breathtaking azure sea coasts and scenes of vibrant birds flitting through lush jungle canopy. Unfortunately, the future of many native Hawaiian birds looks grim as diseases carried by mosquitoes are due to expand into higher elevation safe zones.
JULY 17, 2015
Global health ethic echoes calls from Aldo Leopold, Pope Francis to care for people and the planet
Global health has little chance of lasting success without an underlying ethic that recognizes "the health of each of us is linked to the health of all the rest,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Tony Goldberg and Jonathan Patz write in "The need for a global health ethic,” published today in the online version of The Lancet.
JULY 15, 2015
Climate change and health unraveled
From Pope Francis to President Barack Obama, world leaders are recognizing that a changing climate causes, and will increasingly cause, death and disease. With the just released "Climate Change and Public Health,” co-editor Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides a road map through the science of climate change, its effects on human illness and how addressing climate promotes public health and well-being.
JULY 13, 2015
Students help city of Madison cut carbon emissions
Like many local governments around the country, the City of Madison is trying to reduce its emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHG) such as carbon dioxide. To achieve that goal, the city partnered with the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2010 to produce its first-ever emissions inventory.