OCTOBER 26, 2015
Belief: Tales from Planet Earth returns to explore faith, science and environment
Their choice of topics could hardly have been more prescient. In late 2014, the organizers of Tales from Planet Earth decided the 2015 film festival would explore how belief shapes environmental perceptions and action. Within months, Pope Francis announced a forthcoming encyclical on the environment. Published in May, the papal letter calls for swift, unified global action for the good of all and "our common home.”
OCTOBER 23, 2015
Recent sightings: Ho-Chunk students visit
Nine high school students from Wisconsin's Ho-Chunk Nation visited a Native American effigy mound and the Tree of Peace on Observatory Hill on Oct. 23. The Nelson Institute and UW Arboretum's Earth Partnership Program hosted the group's one-day visit to campus.
OCTOBER 23, 2015
Deadly fish virus still present in Wisconsin lake
In May 2007, hundreds of freshwater drum — also known as sheepshead — turned up dead in Lake Winnebago and nearby Little Lake Butte des Morts, both inland lakes near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The fish were splotched with red and their eyes were swollen and bulging.
OCTOBER 22, 2015
UW-Madison students find zebra mussels in Lake Mendota
An undergraduate class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered another invasive species in Lake Mendota.
OCTOBER 19, 2015
Report: Spring could arrive three weeks earlier due to climate change
By the end of the century, spring could arrive almost three weeks earlier in parts of the United States according to a report published recently in Environmental Research Letters by UW-Madison scientists and collaborators.
OCTOBER 8, 2015
Nelson Institute experts to take part in Wisconsin Science Festival
Mark your calendar for the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival, Oct. 22-25 at the Discovery Building and at locations across the campus and state.
OCTOBER 6, 2015
Embrace the chaos: Predictable ecosystems may be more fragile
When it comes to using our natural resources, human beings want to know what we're going to get. We expect clean water every time we turn on the tap; beaches free of algae and bacteria; and robust harvests of crops, fish and fuel year after year. As a result, we try to manage the use of our resources in a way that minimizes their variability.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Wisconsin Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador
Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
Heat waves hit heat islands hardest
Extreme summers like that of 2012 — which saw record temperatures in cities across the U.S. — may be atypical, but experts say they will return, especially as the planet warms under climate change. And as they do, cities will be especially vulnerable.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
A cohort of support: Community Environmental Scholars Program celebrates five years of student and civic impact
Mia McKinney never considered herself a "bees and trees” environmentalist. But after three years of feeling isolated and on her own, McKinney found the Nelson Institute – or rather, the Nelson Institute found her.