AUGUST 5, 2011
'Science' invites Zhengyu Liu's perspective on glacial cycles and Indian monsoon
In an article published August 5 in Science, Zhengyu Liu offers his perspective on a new analysis of ancient lakebed sediments that challenges established views of Indian monsoon dynamics.
AUGUST 5, 2011
Is hunting wolves key to their conservation?
Hunters have been credited with being strong conservation advocates for numerous game species in multiple countries. Would initiating a wolf hunt invoke the same advocacy for the carnivores?
AUGUST 2, 2011
Student research: Micah Hahn seeks environmental clues to deadly virus outbreaks
Micah Hahn, a Ph.D. candidate in the Nelson Institute Environment and Resources program, is searching for environmental conditions that factor into Nipah virus (NiV) outbreaks.
JULY 28, 2011
Sea level rise less from Greenland, more from Antarctica, than expected during last interglacial
UW-Madison geoscience assistant professor Anders Carlson's new results, published July 29 in Science, reveal surprising patterns of melting during the last interglacial period that suggest that Greenland's ice may be more stable — and Antarctica's less stable — than many thought.
JULY 26, 2011
Faculty spotlight: Don Waller, steward of Wisconsin forests
If a tree falls in a forest, Don Waller is likely to hear it. Or at least hear about it. From an office on Bascom Hill appropriately canopied by a massive white oak tree that he helped to save from removal, the UW-Madison professor of botany and environmental studies has his finger on the pulse of forest ecosystems in Wisconsin and around the world.
JULY 11, 2011
Climate change reducing ocean's carbon dioxide uptake
How deep is the ocean's capacity to buffer against climate change? As one of the planet's largest single carbon absorbers, the ocean takes up roughly one-third of all human carbon emissions, reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide and its associated global changes.
JULY 8, 2011
Indoor air pollution linked to cardiovascular risk
An estimated two billion people in the developing world heat and cook with a biomass fuel such as wood, but the practice exposes people — especially women — to large doses of small-particle air pollution, which can cause premature death and lung disease.
JULY 7, 2011
Benson appointed sustainability research and education director
Craig H. Benson, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of geological engineering and civil and environmental engineering, has been named the first director for sustainability research and education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
JULY 6, 2011
"Slow violence:" Rob Nixon probes media coverage of incremental environmental threats
How can we devise arresting stories, images and symbols that capture the pervasive effects of slowly unfolding environmental crises? Rob Nixon explores this fundamental challenge in his new book, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.
JUNE 22, 2011
Study details how heat waves drive hospital admissions
A new study by researchers at UW-Madison, Purdue University and the National Center for Climatic Research and appearing this week (June 22, 2011) in the journal Climatic Change, documents the medical conditions aggravated by hot weather, the age groups most affected, and forecasts an increase in hospital admissions in urban areas due to predicted climate change and accompanying weather extremes.