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Earth’s orbit is more important in driving tropical Pacific climate than previously thought

November 25, 2022

Researchers found that the atmosphere and ocean pushing on each other is important in creating the climate on the tropical Pacific.

Grad students work with climatologist on tool to alert communities to dangerous heat levels

October 24, 2022

In practice, the new warning system could help policymakers make decisions for how their population can stay healthy during extreme heat.

One-minute data from UW helps NASA detect wildfires faster

September 28, 2022

Researchers at UW–Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center are delivering up-to-the minute satellite data to NASA to assist efforts tracking and monitoring wildfires.

One hundred acres of beauty

September 11, 2022

A visual tour of 100 acres of land being restored and conserved by UW–Madison's Susan and Steve Carpenter.

Shifting food choices reducing climate impact of American diet

April 22, 2022

Lower consumption of beef, dairy, chicken, pork, and eggs accounted for more than 75% of the observed diet-related carbon dioxide savings during the study period.

UW–Madison’s ultra-efficient carbon capture tech earns top 60 spot in global XPRIZE challenge

April 22, 2022

Team members are forming a company and actively seeking additional funding from venture capitalists and other sources.

Melting ice caps may not shut down ocean current

April 8, 2022

Building upon previous work, researchers are revising their understanding of the relationship between Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and freshwater from melting polar ice.

UW–Madison professor shapes UN report on climate change

April 4, 2022

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report urges immediate action to limit greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors of the economy, including energy, transportation, construction, manufacturing and agriculture.

Ancient example of modern global warming was too hot for tiny, important ocean creatures

March 9, 2022

During another time in which Earth warmed rapidly in conjunction with a spike in atmospheric carbon similar to our modern climate, seawater temperature and chemical changes decimated an important piece of the food web in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Coral skeleton formation rate determines resilience to acidifying oceans

January 27, 2022

A new UW–Madison study has implications for predicting coral reef survival and developing mitigation strategies against having their bony skeletons weakened by ocean acidification.

Student’s innovative climate research could change building design

November 23, 2021

“By the end of the 21st century, building cooling in Madison will be very similar to Montgomery, Alabama,” says Nelson Institute graduate student Gesangyangji. That startling realization motivated her to research how projected climate data can inform building energy design.

Algae blooms a problem but not a trend, study finds

October 5, 2021

“For many, many lakes, they are a very serious problem,” says Grace Wilkinson of the UW–Madison Center for Limnology. “But algal blooms are not getting worse everywhere."

Educators publish free workbook to help instructors teach climate change science

July 9, 2021

The online workbook integrates existing science curriculum subjects — such as heat, light, energy, and acids and bases — into a discussion of the properties and effects of greenhouse gases.

Earth’s vegetation is changing faster today than it has over the last 18,000 years

May 20, 2021

The research suggests that humanity’s dominant influence on ecosystems that is so visible today has its origin in the earliest civilizations and the rise of agriculture, deforestation and other ways our species has influenced the landscape.

Invasive species often start as undetected “sleeper populations”

February 25, 2021

The finding has important implications for the way we approach invasive species control and management, researchers say.

UW researchers’ evaluation puts MGE net-zero carbon goal on path to limit global warming

November 18, 2020

If actions similar to the Wisconsin utility's plan were also taken around the world, the researchers say, "it would be effective at keeping the planet under 1.5 degrees warming.”

Cellular networks vulnerable to wildfires across U.S.

October 27, 2020

More than 430,000 cell network transceivers covering approximately 85 million people are in areas the U.S. Forest Service considers at moderate or high wildfire risk.