Stories indexed under: Environment

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  • Bottles of sorted seeds Arboretum’s seed-cleaning volunteers far from dormant during cold months April 8, 2014 The rhythms of nature time the sprouting of seeds with a litany of cues — physical and chemical changes brought on by fire and frost and even the teeth and acid of a browsing animal’s digestion.
  • 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.
  • Photo: aerial view of Gulf of Mexico dead zone Excess nitrogen in water prompts March 28 summit March 6, 2014 Concern about excess nitrogen getting into the state's waterways and drinking water is the impetus for a Nitrogen Science Summit March 28 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • Photo: Rosario Dawson Actress Rosario Dawson to keynote Nelson Institute conference in April Feb. 28, 2014 Actress and activist Rosario Dawson, cofounder and chair of the voting rights organization Voto Latino and an international advocate for women's rights and environmental quality, will keynote the eighth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on Tuesday, April 22 in Madison.
  • Photo: lab team ‘Greener’ aerogel technology holds potential for oil and chemical clean-up Feb. 25, 2014 Cleaning up oil spills and metal contaminates in a low-impact, sustainable and inexpensive manner remains a challenge for companies and governments globally. But a group of researchers at UW–Madison is examining alternative materials that can be modified to absorb oil and chemicals.
  • Photo: Paul Block Water systems research fills in the details for Africa's largest dam Nov. 22, 2013 When the government of Ethiopia finishes building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2017 or 2018, it will not only have built the largest hydroelectric power-generation plant in Africa, but also stirred up tensions among African nations, and indelibly altered a river that itself has guided millennia of human history in the region.
  • Photo: Tom Ferguson by apple trees Eco-farming strategies benefit growers, consumers and the environment Nov. 5, 2013 Apple growers wanted to find the best way to grow apples. Agricultural scientists wanted to reduce pesticide use on Wisconsin farms. These groups, starting with different objectives, found one solution that benefited them both: eco-fruit farming.
  • Photo: Alex Rivera Student films to be screened at Nelson Institute’s ‘Tales from Planet Earth’ Oct. 30, 2013 A collaborative class on environmental filmmaking is helping some UW-Madison students learn to tell stories in a whole new way.
  • Photo: Eurasian water milfoil Study challenges prevailing view of invasive species Oct. 24, 2013 Zebra mussels. Asian carp. Kudzu. Chances are you recognize these names as belonging to invasive species - plants or animals that are relocated from their native habitat to a foreign land, only to prove so prolific that they take over their new home. Except that's not how the story usually goes, according to a new study.
  • Film festival explores environmental futures amid rapid global change Oct. 16, 2013 Profound questions about possible futures - precipitated by a changing climate, shifting energy resources, and the movement and displacement of people across the globe - will be explored during the Tales from Planet Earth film festival in Madison Nov. 1-3.
  • Photo: automated sensor Scientists find early warning indicators of major ecological change Oct. 7, 2013 Day after day, the buoy bobbed at the surface of Peter Lake. Every five minutes, or 288 times a day, instruments in the water silently recorded samples without creating so much as a ripple. But, beneath the surface, the lake - just across Wisconsin's northern boundary in Michigan's Upper Peninsula - was in turmoil. The buoy was busy documenting massive change.
  • Photo: Bees Protecting our Pollinators July 12, 2013 Bees, so crucial to our food supply, are dying off at alarming rates. CALS researchers are taking a close look at everything from the microbes in their hives to the landscapes they live in to identify in what conditions bees thrive.
  • Photo: Adena Rissman Reading the fine print: Can conservation easements allow adaptive management? July 8, 2013 As conservation easements gain popularity for protecting privately owned land, a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist is trying to unravel a difficult question: In the face of environmental change, how well can these easements satisfy their conservation goals?
  • Photo: Jiangxiao Qiu Ecologists map the benefits of our ecosystems July 1, 2013 Two ecologists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison report this week (July 1) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a novel approach to analyzing the production and location of 10 different ecosystem services across a landscape, opening the door to being able to identify factors governing their synergies and tradeoffs.
  • Professional degree a new tool for conservation leaders June 11, 2013 In the face of unprecedented environmental challenges that demand novel solutions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will soon begin accepting applications for a model graduate degree program to train tomorrow's conservation leaders.
  • Road block: Fixing aquatic ecosystem connectivity doesn’t end with dams May 29, 2013 Over the last several years, state agencies and environmental nonprofit organizations have targeted dam removal as a way to quickly improve the health of aquatic ecosystems. Dams keep migratory fish from swimming upriver to spawn, block nutrients from flowing downstream, and change the entire hydrology of a watershed. From an ecosystem perspective, taking down a dam and returning a river to a more natural flow seems like a no-brainer.
  • Photo: Holstein dairy cows New project will adapt dairying to climate change May 7, 2013 Agricultural scientists from across the nation are embarking on a new five-year, $10 million, USDA-funded effort to identify dairy production practices that minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG) and will be more resilient to the effects of a changing climate.
  • Classes in the park unite middle schoolers with college students, nature April 23, 2013 Trish O'Kane had reached a dead end. It was her first day teaching a capstone course in environmental studies at the Nelson Institute, and she was ready to forge ahead with a two-hour "college-style" lesson plan.
  • Céline Cousteau to speak at Earth Day conference March 28, 2013 Marine conservation advocate and filmmaker Céline Cousteau will be a featured speaker at the seventh annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on Monday, April 15.
  • Multicultural Student Center presents symposium on ‘race & place’ March 5, 2013 The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) and Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will hold their annual spring symposium "Race &..." to encourage dialogue and action around racial identity and other social justice issues.