APRIL 15, 2014
Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all
This week, scientists, farmers and sustainable food systems advocates will gather on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to celebrate an unusual group of honored guests: 29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains that are being publicly released using a novel form of ownership agreement known as the Open Source Seed Pledge.

APRIL 11, 2014
Postcards from Brazil: A study abroad in Rio de Janeiro
Nelson Institute student Paul Davidson is studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the spring 2014 semester at Pontifical Catholic University. He has been documenting his experience on a blog for UW-Madison’s International Academic Programs Office and on the photo-sharing social network Instagram.

APRIL 10, 2014
Lass in class: The home turf of Ireland
When you travel from city to city abroad, it is actually surprisingly easy to forget that you are in a foreign country. The people wear the same clothes and drive the same cars. You become used to the accent and after awhile you begin to anticipate the different direction of traffic, looking towards your right when crossing the road rather than your left. You start to see tourists, instead of being one.

APRIL 9, 2014
Workshop yields collaborative solutions for conservation and sustainable development in Sichuan
New, collaborative strategies for maintaining China’s rich biodiversity emerged from a workshop hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Chengdu Institute of Biology and the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies March 17-18 in Chengdu.

APRIL 8, 2014
Tales from Planet Earth brings stories of environmental futures to Stockholm
In its first trip overseas, the Tales from Planet Earth film festival will premiere in Stockholm April 9-12 through an international partnership with the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

APRIL 8, 2014
Colin Higgins, student sustainability leader, wins Udall scholarship
University of Wisconsin–Madison junior Colin Higgins has been selected as a 2014 Udall Scholar.

APRIL 8, 2014
Early agriculture drove global climate change, research shows
The industrial revolution is often hailed as the trigger of human-caused climate change. However, preindustrial people may have influenced the global temperature about as much as their fossil-fuel burning successors.

APRIL 1, 2014
Treves receives Fulbright Award to study predator conservation
Adrian Treves, an associate professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences during the 2014-15 academic year, the U.S. Department of State and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have announced.

APRIL 1, 2014
Competition seeks interdisciplinary solutions to climate change
A new competition to spark innovative solutions related to climate change and its impacts is kicking off this Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

MARCH 27, 2014
Lass in class: Exploring Amsterdam, on two wheels
In the couple of months that I have been in Europe, I’ve done the most wondrous things. I’ve sled down the Snowy Alps, I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone; I have even witnessed the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Yet of all the places that I have been thus far, I can quickly say that my favorite city was the beautiful Amsterdam. Amsterdam is known for many things worldwide, but what I was not expecting was the tulip market, the beauty of the red brick canals, the actual length of waiting time to visit Anne Frank’s house, and most especially: the way people traveled.

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