July 12, 2018
Tracey Holloway to be Interviewed on Science Friday
On Friday 7/13/18, at 12:15pm, Tracey will discuss the recent SAGE publication "Air-quality-related health impacts from climate change and from adaptation of cooling demand for buildings in the eastern United States: An interdisciplinary modeling study", by David W. Abel, Tracey Holloway, Monica Harkey, Paul Meier, Doug Ahl, Vijay S. Limaye, and Jonathan A. Patz.MORE »
July 05, 2018
Study Underscores Need for Clean Energy
In a special climate change issue of the journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) Medicine, a team of researchers from SAGE forecasts as many as a thousand additional deaths annually in the Eastern United States alone due to elevated levels of air pollution driven by the increased use of fossil fuels to cool the buildings where humans live and work.MORE »
May 20, 2018
Michael Eggen Awarded the Florence Margai Best Student Paper Award
Sage and Geography Ph.D. student Michael Eggen was awarded the Florence Margai Best Student Paper Award by the African Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers for his paper titled, Climate change impacts on major crops in the Ethiopia highlands: An agroecosystem approach. The work details how five crops respond to climate change when viewed within lower mountain, mid-mountain and upper mountain agroecosystems. Divergent impacts among crops and agroecosystems at a local scale has important implications for the resilience of smallholder systems and delivery of agricultural extension in the developing world. Michael is advised by Mutlu Ozdogan.
May 11, 2018
Congratulations to SAGE's newest PhD, Melissa Scott!
Her thesis is entitled "National Energy Choices: Opportunities for Improvements in Health & Ethics, and Prioritizing Vulnerable People" and her advisor is Dr. Jonathan Patz.
April 23, 2018
Melissa Scott's PhD Defense, Wednesday April 25
National Energy Choices: Opportunities for Improvements in Health & Ethics, and Prioritizing Vulnerable People
National energy choices play a pivotal role in the health of local communities impacted by energy pollution and the health of communities around the globe impacted by climate change. National energy choices, in the form of policies or governmental decisions, depend not only on empirical facts, but are also a function of a normative framework. This thesis aims to estimate the health benefits of more stringent alternative energy goals and the costs of reducing coal-fired power plant pollution in China (a rapidly developing nation), and to examine whether it is ethical for developed nations to continue burning coal for energy. National energy choices, particularly policies permitting the use of coal for energy, contribute greatly to the growing ethical crisis of climate change: that those nations that are most vulnerable to climate change, are least responsible. Thus, this thesis also aims to assess the vulnerabilities of two nations in the Caribbean – Haiti and Grenada—who are among a group of nations with negligible emissions of greenhouse gases and who are overlooked in regional assessments of climate change.
April 22, 2018
Elise Penn to Present Senior Thesis, Thursday April 26
April 12, 2018
Marin Skidmore and Clare Sullivan awarded Tinker Nave Summer Research Grants
Marin will use the funding to survey cattle ranchers in the Brazilian Amazon and Clare will head to Colombia to survey ranchers there. Congratulations!MORE »
April 10, 2018
Grace Choi Named Weston Fellow for 2018-2019
Grace Choi will be SAGE's Weston Fellow for 2018-2019. The Weston Fellowship, as part of the Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program, includes full tuition and stipend benefits. Choi will use the Fellowship to further her studies of satellite data, air quality and public health under the direction of Profs. Tracey Holloway and Jonathan Patz at SAGE. Congratulations, Grace!
March 23, 2018
Grace Choi Receives GHI Research Award
Grace Choi received a $1,500 award for project-related expenses and supplies from the UW-Madison Global Health Institute for her research proposal "Satellite Data for Air Pollution Exposure and Public Health". Congratulations, Grace!
March 09, 2018
David Abel Receives Graduate Student Research Award
David Abel was awarded $5,000 for project-related expenses and supplies for his research proposal "Quantifying the Air Quality and Human Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency in the U.S." from the UW-Madison Global Health Institute. Congratulations, David!
March 08, 2018
UW–Madison Entrepreneurs Win 2018 Energy and Sustainability Challenge
February 15, 2018
Holloway Receives Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
Professor Tracey Holloway has been selected to receive the UW's 5th Annual Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities. The award consists of a certificate, recognition at the Friends and Family reception, and $2,000 of university expendable funds for professional activities. A large number of very strong nominations were received and only a small percentage of nominees will receive awards. Congratulations, Tracey!
January 29, 2018
Gibbs Publishes Paper in Nature Climate Change
A major reduction in global deforestation is needed to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss. Recent private sector commitments aim to eliminate deforestation from a company’s operations or supply chain, but they fall short on several fronts. Company pledges vary in the degree to which they include time-bound interventions with clear definitions and criteria to achieve verifiable outcomes. Zero-deforestation policies by companies may be insufficient to achieve broader impact on their own due to leakage, lack of transparency and traceability, selective adoption and smallholder marginalization. Public–private policy mixes are needed to increase the effectiveness of supply-chain initiatives that aim to reduce deforestation. We review current supply-chain initiatives, their effectiveness, and the challenges they face, and go on to identify knowledge gaps for complementary public–private policies.
January 13, 2018
Jonathan Patz Delivers TEDx Oshkosh Talk "Climate Change is Affecting Our Health. Is There a Cure?"
Public health is being impacted by climate change via many pathways - from alterations in infectious disease transmission to water-source compromise, malnutrition, air pollution, and other factors. This talk includes recent analyses that show how mitigating global warming provides extensive health opportunities, as well as major savings in healthcare costs.MORE »