Tag Climate change

A warming climate means profound changes for U.S. National Parks

The analysis of all 417 of America’s national parks, conducted by UW–Madison’s Center for Climatic Research, found that average temperatures increased at twice the rate as the rest of the nation over the past century.

Ancient farmers spared us from glaciers but profoundly changed Earth’s climate

Ancient farming practices led to a rise in the atmospheric emission of the heat-trapping gases carbon dioxide and methane – a rise that has continued since, unlike the trend at any other time in Earth’s geologic history, according to new UW–Madison research.

Is fire the new normal in the American West?

In a video, Professor Monica Turner and her research team and colleagues explore how the patterns of fire and recovery are changing, particularly as the climate warms and drought becomes more common.

All hands on deck to understand, predict, prevent abrupt ecological change

“It’s a generally thorny problem and we are often scrambling to react,” says lead principal investigator Monica Turner. “In fact, understanding abrupt change in ecological systems is among the biggest challenges in contemporary ecology.”

Climate experts available to media

The following University of Wisconsin–Madison experts are available to speak with reporters regarding the Paris Climate Agreement and the impact of potential changes. President Trump is scheduled to make an announcement regarding the pact at 2 p.m. Central time today.

From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a ‘chaotic solar system’

New evidence confirms a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the sun, producing big changes in Earth's climate.

Abrupt climate change could follow collapse of Earth’s oceanic conveyor belt

A new study shows Earth’s oceanic conveyor belt, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, may be less stable than thought, posing a risk of abrupt climate change.

Hilldale lecture draws noted astrophysicist with climate message

Frank Shu, who has done pioneering research in astronomy on planetary disks, the origin of meteorites and the evolution of stars, will talk about reversing climate change.

Rare ice data collected by early ‘citizen scientists’ confirms warming since Industrial Revolution

Data reveals increasing trends toward later ice cover formation and earlier spring breakup.

No snow, no hares: Climate change pushes emblematic species north

UW researchers report that the range of the snowshoe hare in Wisconsin is creeping north by about five and a half miles per decade.

Long-term picture offers little solace on climate change

A new study finds that the catastrophic impact of another three centuries of carbon pollution will persist millennia after the carbon dioxide releases cease.

Between soil and snow

Professors Jonathan Pauli and Benjamin Zuckerberg explain the subnivium — habitat between the ground and winter snow cover that is being affected by climate change.