MARCH 4, 2015
Scientists map unprecedented urbanization in East-Southeast Asia
Researchers have, for the first time, mapped the rapid urban expansion that has occurred across the whole of East-Southeast Asia in the last decade.
MARCH 2, 2015
Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink
In a high carbon dioxide world, the trees would come out ahead. Except for the munching bugs.
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Engineers are making strides in reducing air pollution
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average adult breathes 3,000 gallons of air per day — yet the same air that fuels our bodies also can harm them. In fact, inhaling certain air pollutants can worsen conditions such as asthma, and studies estimate that thousands of people die prematurely each year due to air pollution.
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Could squirmy livestock dent Africa’s protein deficit?
As a cheap and easy source of protein for humans, it might be hard to beat the mighty mealworm. Graduate students Rachel Bergmans and Valerie Stull are researching the use of mealworms as an inexpensive microlivestock.
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Mealworm farming project wins Climate Quest competition
MIGHTi (Mission to Improve Global Health Through Insects) is the winner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Climate Quest competition, sponsored by American Family Insurance.
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
Policy maps may help efforts to clean up the Yahara lakes
On a patch of land upstream of Lake Mendota, where Dorn Creek meanders through farmland, local, state and federal policies are working in tandem to reduce soil and nutrient runoff into the Yahara lakes. In fact, public efforts to clean up the lakes reside in often-overlapping patches across the Yahara Watershed, a pattern made more visible by new research from the Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) project at UW-Madison.
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
James Schauer: Addressing air pollution critical to healthy, sustainable cities
Imagine a warm, sunny day. The birds are chirping and the air appears to be clear. On a day like this, it’s hard to imagine that this seemingly healthy atmosphere may bring unhealthy consequences. But according to professor James Schauer, it can.
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Climate change driving brutal winter?
Prolonged cold snaps on the East Coast, California drought and frozen mornings in the South all have something in common – the atmospheric jet stream which transports weather systems that’s taken to meandering all over North America.
FEBRUARY 16, 2015
Middlecamp honored for encouraging disadvantaged students in chemical sciences
Cathy Middlecamp, a UW-Madison professor of environmental studies, has been honored with a national award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for encouraging disadvantaged students into careers in the chemical sciences.
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
Who is a climate scientist? The Why Files profiles Nelson Institute researchers
As the ramifications of climate change broaden, The Why Files set out to learn more about the scientists who study the causes and effects of climate change.