JANUARY 21, 2015
Seeking sustainable urban habitat for tomorrow’s ‘metro sapiens’
Generally speaking, cities are concentrated centers of resource consumption, waste generation, air pollution and other negative environmental impacts. But what if they weren’t?
JANUARY 16, 2015
Students create Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide
A new Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide is now available online, created by a student team as part of the Environmental Studies 600 capstone course Consumer-Driven Sustainability.
JANUARY 15, 2015
Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries,' according to researchers
An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a "safe operating space."
JANUARY 8, 2015
Website offers the stories and science surrounding the St. Louis River Estuary
Stories of the St. Louis River are presented along with information and examples of scientific work going on in the river in a new website, the "Stories and Science of the St. Louis River Estuary.”
JANUARY 2, 2015
Deer account for almost half of long-term forest change, study finds
A study released this week has linked at least 40 percent of species changes in the forests of northern Wisconsin and Michigan over the past 60 years to the eating habits of white-tailed deer.
DECEMBER 22, 2014
A year of firsts and findings: Nelson Institute highlights from 2014
The interdisciplinary research, teaching and service of the Nelson Institute make UW-Madison a world leader in addressing environmental challenges. 2014 was no exception.
DECEMBER 22, 2014
Muddy forests, shorter winters present challenges for loggers
Stable, frozen ground has long been recognized a logger’s friend, capable of supporting equipment and trucks in marshy or soggy forests. Now, a comprehensive look at weather from 1948 onward shows that the logger’s friend is melting.
DECEMBER 18, 2014
Nelson study on winter severity among new research funded by Northeast Climate Science Center
Research led by Nelson Institute climate scientist Michael Notaro is among six new studies funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC), it was announced today. The center is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
DECEMBER 9, 2014
Study hard, but stress less: Nelson student offers advice for peers
When Alice Reznickova decided to attend college, she also made a much bigger decision: to leave her home in the Czech Republic. So she boarded a plane and traveled to Massachusetts to attend Smith College, where she earned a degree in chemistry and environmental science and policy. From there, she headed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in Environment and Resources.
DECEMBER 5, 2014
Video: Trout streams depend on ‘nature’s air conditioning’
Zach Schuster, a doctoral candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, wants to know how trout streams in Wisconsin's Driftless Area work. At stake could be the future of the state’s best trout fishery.