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.
JULY 1, 2015
Summer workshop puts students in the field, contributing to local conservation efforts
What could be better than spending the summer in the great outdoors? How about spending the summer in the great outdoors and getting college credit for it.
JUNE 23, 2015
Fourth UW-Madison MOOC of 2015 explores big-picture energy questions
The debate over energy consumption and its consequences is constantly evolving, whether the subject is fossil fuels or renewables. UW-Madison's latest massive open online course (MOOC), "Energy and the Earth," will give thousands of people an online forum in which to explore these topics.
JUNE 19, 2015
Holloway focuses 2015 Energy Summit on air and energy
"How air quality and energy affect each other is the single biggest story no one is hearing about,” says Tracey Holloway, UW-Madison professor of environmental studies and chair of this year’s Energy Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, October 13.
JUNE 11, 2015
UW-Madison students estimate cost of Wisconsin's clean drinking water
We don’t think about it when we turn on the faucet for a cold drink of water, but it takes quite a bit of energy to fill that glass. How much energy is a question that University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate students Andrew Behm, Andy Lick, and Annie Lord spent this past spring pursuing.
JUNE 11, 2015
Wisconsin engineers contribute to Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam discussion
To its home country, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam represents a crucial source of hydropower. But to Sudan and Egypt, Ethiopia's neighbors downstream on the Nile, the dam — known as GERD, and expected upon completion in 2018 to be Africa's largest — looks like a threat to agriculture and to Egypt's own power-generating Aswan High Dam.
JUNE 2, 2015
Private gifts ensure continuation of Nelson professorship
Thanks to the generosity of private donors, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will be able to continue to award the Gaylord Nelson Distinguished Professorship despite its deletion from state law during the budget process.
JUNE 1, 2015
Holton Chair champions work in health and climate change
Internationally recognized for his work at the intersection of health and climate change, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Jonathan Patz says the new John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment will significantly advance this work.
MAY 26, 2015
Starved for fire, Wisconsin’s pine barrens disappear
A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was settled.