Stories indexed under: Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

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  • Tolerance of wolves in Wisconsin continues to decline May 22, 2015 Wolf. The very word can conjure an image of a venerable pack of canines passing quietly through moonlit woods. Or, it can evoke anger over livestock lost at the jaws of a hungry predator.
  • Photo: Monica White UW-Madison partners with communities, nonprofits to address urban food insecurity March 9, 2015 Food insecurity has implications for health, community stability and local economies, and an interdisciplinary team of UW-Madison researchers has launched a project to study ways to boost the availability and consumption of healthy food in urban communities. The project is focusing initially on Milwaukee, Chicago and Detroit, three cities where food insecurity is considered extensive.
  • Mealworm farming project wins Climate Quest competition Feb. 26, 2015
  • Photo: Mealworms feeding on a diet of oats and a carrot Could squirmy livestock dent Africa’s protein deficit? Feb. 26, 2015 As a cheap and easy source of protein for humans, it might be hard to beat the mighty mealworm.
  • Photo: Aldo Leopold UW–Madison offers free Leopold’s land ethic online course and February event Jan. 22, 2015 The University of Wisconsin-Madison will offer its next round of six Massive Open Online Courses beginning Jan. 26 with “The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold and Conservation.” MOOCs are free online, noncredit learning experiences that allow people from around the globe to participate. Participants watch educational videos, engage in discussion forums, read articles and often take quizzes or complete educational activities. More than 135,000 registrants from approximately 140 countries and all 50 states signed up for UW-Madison’s previous phase one pilot of four courses.
  • Photo: Downtown Madison isthmus When the isthmus is an island: Madison’s hottest, and coldest, spots Oct. 21, 2014 In a new study published this month in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers highlight the urban heat island effect in Madison: The city’s concentrated asphalt, brick and concrete lead to higher temperatures than its nonurban surroundings.
  • Photo: Climate Quest logo Winning climate change solutions range from meat processing to mindfulness Sept. 30, 2014 The Climate Quest competition to spur innovative climate change solutions is down to a field of five. At the Climate Quest Concept Pitch on Sept. 19, 18 teams presented their ideas to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs, who rated the ideas on many factors including creativity, scalability and potential impact. The panel selected five teams to advance to the next round of the competition.
  • William Cronon Environmental historian William Cronon awarded Wilderness Society’s highest honor Sept. 25, 2014 Environmental historian and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor William Cronon has been presented with The Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award — the organization’s highest civilian honor — for his contributions to the protection of America’s wild places. The award, named for wilderness visionary Robert Marshall, is given to a private citizen who has made outstanding, long-term contributions to conservation and fostering an American land ethic.
  • Climate Quest logo Climate Quest will use design thinking to develop climate change solutions May 22, 2014 Climate Quest, a community-wide climate solutions challenge, is sponsoring a design-thinking workshop to help applicants grow the seeds of ideas into practical, high-impact climate change solutions.
  • Craig Benson New undergraduate Sustainability Certificate launching May 14, 2014 A new certificate in sustainability will be available to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning this fall.
  • Student innovation sparks energy, sustainability solutions April 24, 2014 An insect farming program to improve food security and a mobile-based ridesharing application were the winners in the Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge, designed to find student solutions to world energy and sustainability challenges.
  • Michael Mann Prominent climate scientist Mann to speak at UW-Madison April 8, 2014 Michael Mann, creator of the well-known “hockey stick” graph depicting a sharp recent increase in our planet’s temperature, will deliver the fifth annual Len Robock Lecture on Thursday, April 17 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Craig Benson Competition seeks interdisciplinary solutions to climate change April 1, 2014 A new competition to spark innovative solutions related to climate change and its impacts is kicking off Friday, April 4 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Climate research shows changes in Midwestern winters Jan. 27, 2014 A study predicting snowfall changes in the Midwest is helping to better illustrate what winters could look like later this century.
  • Photo: Sheryl Magzamen Children exposed to lead more likely to be suspended from school Aug. 14, 2013 Children who are exposed to lead are nearly three times more likely to be suspended from school by the 4th grade than children who are not exposed, according to a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study funded jointly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Wisconsin Partnership Program Education and Research Committee.
  • Publication tells how climate change data affect natural resource decisions Feb. 26, 2013 A wide array of natural and human systems are feeling the effects of Wisconsin's changing climate. But the state is adapting in a variety of ways to a warmer, wetter climate that is projected to see more frequent droughts, heat waves and heavy rainfalls by mid-century.
  • Public opinion of wolves could influence hunt outcome Nov. 15, 2012 Illegal wolf kills typically spike during gun deer season, says UW-Madison environmental studies professor Adrian Treves, whether due to a sense of competition, fear, or simply increased opportunity.
  • Climate expert: Record loss of arctic ice could impact Wisconsin Sept. 21, 2012 Ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted to the smallest areal extent ever recorded this year, falling to 1.3 million square miles at its lowest point on Sept. 16, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. That's less than half of the normal area covered by ice at summer's end.
  • Growth field: Environmental studies a “college major with a future” Sept. 14, 2012 For the second year in a row, a leading magazine has named environmental studies a "hot" college major and singled out UW-Madison for its undergraduate programs in this growing field.
  • Extreme heat raises climate change questions, concerns July 5, 2012 The recent heat wave baking much of the country has prompted many people to ask: Is this due to climate change?