OCTOBER 30, 2012
In the spotlight: Tess Arenas advances environmental justice
"Many students of color are not familiar with the depth and breadth of environmental studies; I hope to make a difference in that area," says Andrea-Teresa "Tess" Arenas, a Nelson Institute honorary fellow and member of the UW-Madison Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Program.
OCTOBER 26, 2012
Community forum to focus on fracking and sand mining
Fracking, the controversial technology for opening natural gas deposits, will be the focus of a three-part Community Environmental Forum series beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building.
OCTOBER 20, 2012
Nixon's award-winning 'Slow Violence' gives voice to global struggle
The cover of Rob Nixon's new book features black smoke, drifting across a dreary cityscape. The title, "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor," hints at grim topics within: radiation contamination, toxic drift, the destruction of ecosystems and communities to make way for dams or mines.
OCTOBER 8, 2012
Dayton Duncan to deliver first Jordahl Public Lands Lecture
Award-winning author and documentary film producer Dayton Duncan will deliver the first annual Jordahl Public Lands Lecture on Wed., Oct. 17, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
OCTOBER 2, 2012
Northwoods partnership benefits today's climate research and tomorrow's scientists
For the second year in a row, UW-Madison researcher Ankur Desai traveled to Wisconsin's north woods in September, partnering with the College of Menominee Nation to bring students into the field as climate researchers.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Hydrogeologist appointed to federal nuclear waste board
University of Wisconsin-Madison hydrogeologist Jean Bahr has been appointed by President Obama to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
"Slow Violence" by Rob Nixon receives prominent American Book Award
Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor by Rob Nixon, UW-Madison professor of English and environmental studies, has been named a 2012 American Book Award winner.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Volunteer army: Students help restore ammunition site
At the site of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant just outside of Baraboo, student volunteers from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies are working overtime. Arms production ended in 1975, and for the past 15 years, the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance has been working to restore the land around the sprawling facility. Student help is critical to these efforts.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
Climate expert: Record loss of Arctic ice could impact Wisconsin
Ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted to the smallest areal extent ever recorded this year, falling to 1.3 million square miles at its lowest point on Sept. 16, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. That's less than half of the normal area covered by ice at summer's end.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Surprising demographic shifts in endangered monkey population challenge conservation expectations
At first glance, the northern muriqui monkey is a prime conservation success story. These Brazilian primates are critically endangered, but in the past 30 years a population on a private reserve has grown from just 60 individuals to some 300, now comprising almost a third of the total remaining animals.