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.
MAY 31, 2012
Mapping Nelson Institute students' summer jobs, internships and study abroad
Nelson Institute students are closing their textbooks and transitioning to summer jobs, internships, study abroad programs and other activities. They'll gain hands-on experience in fields ranging from archeology to habitat restoration to children's gardening. The map below plots where many of our students will spend their summer fanning out across the state, the country and the globe.
MAY 31, 2012
Nelson Institute mission captured in short video
In this short video, Nelson Institute faculty and students share how they understand the environment " from the air we breathe to the water we drink to the places where we go through life, and how our joining together of disciplines translates into research and education that matters to the community and to the planet.
MAY 16, 2012
Forest ecologist receives distinguished award
David Mladenoff, the Beers-Bascom Professor in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, has received the 2012 Distinguished Landscape Ecologist Award.
MAY 16, 2012
Nelson Institute class of 2012: Q&A with graduating students
Nearly 200 environmental studies students are just days away from becoming the newest alumni of the Nelson Institute, energized by the possibilities of a more sustainable future and their role in building it. We caught up with eight graduating members of Nelson Institute undergraduate and graduate-level academic programs to ask about their fields of study, highlights from their time at the university, and advice for students following in their paths.