Tag Climate change

Irrigated farming in Wisconsin’s Central Sands cools the region’s climate

July 2, 2019

Irrigation dropped maximum temperatures by one to three degrees Fahrenheit on average while increasing minimum temperatures up to four degrees compared to unirrigated farms or forests, research shows.

Wood products mitigate less than 1 percent of global carbon emissions

July 1, 2019

"It's not just about lowering our emissions but pursuing strategies that might have storage potential, and harvested wood products are one of those options,” says researcher Craig Johnston.

UW–Madison researcher awarded “Make Our Planet Great Again” grant

March 14, 2019

Professor Carol E. Lee has just been awarded a grant from the French government to investigate the ability of plankton to evolve and adapt to a changing climate.

Ancient poop helps show climate change contributed to fall of Cahokia

February 25, 2019

A study provides a direct link between changes in Cahokia’s population size as measured through a unique fecal record and environmental data showing evidence of drought and flood.

Reddit competes to visualize Madison’s prized Lake Mendota ice data

February 12, 2019

Data visualizations generated by a Reddit competition reveal a concerning trend that’s been known to scientists at UW–Madison and elsewhere for decades: ice is disappearing on Lake Mendota.

As the climate warms, tens of thousands of lakes may spend winters ice free

January 28, 2019

A new study from an international team of researchers, including at UW–Madison, shows that many northern latitude lakes are at risk of experiencing some ice-free winters in the coming decades.

Professor takes on climate change by promoting science literacy through music, art, comics

November 2, 2018

A UW–Madison geoscience professor has come up with new ways to teach science to non-science undergraduate students, in hopes of awakening their "inner scientists."

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

September 24, 2018

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

September 6, 2018

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?

August 8, 2018

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

October 25, 2017

“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

June 1, 2017

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’

February 22, 2017

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

January 4, 2017

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.