AUGUST 25, 2017
Importance of solar energy underestimated three-fold
A study by Nelson Institute Professor Greg Nemet and European colleagues shows that in 2050, the percentage of solar energy worldwide could be three times higher than previously projected. The study shows that costs have dropped and infrastructures expanded much faster than even the most optimistic models had assumed.
AUGUST 14, 2017
New video aims to preserve future of oak in Wisconsin
A new video, produced in collaboration between foresters and social scientists from UW-Madison, UW-Extension and the Department of Natural Resources, encourages Wisconsin woodland owners to adopt land management practices that encourage a future for oak trees in the state.
AUGUST 11, 2017
Canary in a coal mine: Survey captures global picture of air pollution’s effects on birds
The use of caged birds to alert miners to the invisible dangers of gases gave rise to the cautionary metaphor "canary in a coal mine.” But other than the fact that exposure to toxic gases in a confined space kills caged birds before affecting humans — providing a timely warning to miners — what do we know about the effects of air pollution on birds?
AUGUST 7, 2017
Marín-Spiotta leads initiative against sexual harassment
Erika Marín-Spiotta is partnering with scientific societies and geoscience faculty colleagues from institutions across the country to develop sexual harassment bystander intervention training for the earth, space and environmental sciences.
JULY 25, 2017
Cronon honored by British Academy
William J. Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, has been elected to the newest cohort of Fellows of the British Academy.
JULY 18, 2017
Degree program uses satellite, drone technologies to solve environmental problems
Satellites, drones and other technologies are fueling a surge in detailed information about the atmosphere, oceans, land and wildlife. A new professional master’s degree will train students to put this wealth of data to work solving pressing environmental problems.
JULY 13, 2017
Study reveals interplay of an African bat, a parasite and a virus
If there is anything scientists are certain of when it comes to bats and their supposed role in causing human disease, it is that they still have a lot to learn.
JULY 13, 2017
New model helps cities make the case for bicycling and walking
In the face of climate change and evidence of increasing ill health from ailments such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, a trio of scientists at UW-Madison’s Global Health Institute are expanding the transportation conversation.
JULY 12, 2017
Strengthening conservation's new generation
With pressure on the natural world mounting, the Luc Hoffmann Institute in partnership with the Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation Master’s Program are finding new ways of ensuring that conservation is relevant to society and has an impact.
JUNE 30, 2017
New study shows predictive accuracy of risk map for wolf threats to livestock
A new study published Friday (June 30, 2017) in the journal PLOS One shows that a risk map for wolf predation on livestock remained predictive for five years or more after its construction, with predictive accuracy exceeding 91 percent.