JULY 26, 2012
Speaking for nature: Q&A with professor Roberta Hill
Can a student fully grasp environmentalism without diving into Aldo Leopold's legendary essays and books? Understand environmental crises without reading the work of Rachel Carson? These are questions that Roberta Hill, a UW-Madison professor of English and Nelson Institute affiliate, raises in the classroom.
JULY 26, 2012
Poetry by Roberta Hill
Poems from Roberta Hill, UW-Madison professor of English. View our conversation with Hill to learn more about her experience teaching the course Literature of the Environment: Speaking for Nature, along with her thoughts on the importance of blending science and the humanities.
JULY 23, 2012
Two UW"Madison researchers build ties with Indonesia
Paleoanthropologist John Hawks and climate scientist Dan Vimont had never crossed paths on the Madison campus due to their very divergent areas of study. But they landed on common ground at the Kavli Indonesian-American Frontiers of Science Symposium in Solo, Indonesia.
JULY 17, 2012
Sustainability engineers fill key industry needs
Patrick Eagan likes to look at sustainability as an opportunity for engineers to become leaders in green development. Today, sustainability is no longer just a concept but a global imperative.
JULY 17, 2012
Lake algae: What you don't see can really hurt you
The strikingly blue algae that afflicted the Madison lakes last week hardly needs a danger sign to warn of its toxicity. But this stuff could, in the next days or weeks, be followed by blue-green algae that are much more toxic.
JULY 5, 2012
Extreme heat raises climate change questions
The recent heat wave baking much of the country has prompted many people to ask: Is this due to climate change? "This is always the million-dollar question, but unfortunately, there's no definitive way to answer it," says Steve Vavrus, a senior scientist in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
JULY 2, 2012
War-related climate change would substantially reduce crop yields
Researchers at UW"Madison and Rutgers University have found that the climate effects of a hypothetical nuclear war between India and Pakistan would greatly reduce yields of staple crops, even in distant countries.
JUNE 27, 2012
Storied desk finds a home in Science Hall
It started with a phone call: "Carrie Lee wants her garage back." And then the planets began to align. The call was from Sherman Stock, a longtime friend and legal aide to the late U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson.
JUNE 25, 2012
Greenland ice may exaggerate magnitude of 13,000-year-old deep freeze
Ice samples pulled from nearly a mile below the surface of Greenland glaciers have long served as a historical thermometer, adding temperature data to studies of the local conditions up to the Northern Hemisphere's climate. But the method may not be such a straightforward indicator of air temperature.
JUNE 14, 2012
New report links health, biodiversity and climate change
A newly released report, "Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future: Human Health and the Rio Conventions," reviews the scientific evidence for the linkages between health and biodiversity, climate change and desertification; the representation of health in the corresponding Rio Conventions; and opportunities for more integrated and effective policy.