Tag Environment

Book about Great Lakes chosen for Go Big Read

“The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” tells the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Green spaces in cities help control floods, store carbon

A new study finds that urban green spaces like backyards, city parks and golf courses contribute substantially to the ecological fabric of our cities — and the wider landscape — and should be included in ecological data.

Aldo Leopold’s writings given voice March 3 at UW Arboretum

The 13th annual Madison Reads Leopold event on Saturday, March 3, will feature a reading of the influential conservationist’s “A Sand County Almanac” and other writings.

Lake Michigan waterfowl botulism deaths linked to warm waters, algae

UW-Madison researchers, with the help of citizen scientists, tracked bird deaths along Lake Michigan, and found that warm waters and algae apparently promoted the growth of botulism toxin-producing bacteria that caused them.

Mapping cropland: UW–Madison plays critical role in worldwide map

A UW–Madison researcher was part of a global collaboration has just released a satellite-based map of world croplands that “found” 625 million to 875 million acres that were not known to national agricultural authorities.

Cronon honored by British Academy

William J. Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, has been elected to the newest cohort of Fellows of the British Academy.

Degree program uses satellite, drone technologies to solve environmental problems

Students will learn skills that can be applied to conducting wildlife surveys, mapping floodwaters, monitoring environmental conditions, and many other applications.

Study measures air pollution increase attributable to air conditioning

The study shows the electricity production associated with air conditioning causes emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide to increase by hundreds to thousands of metric tons.

Student art exhibit explores Arboretum prairies through comics, stories

As part of her master of fine arts thesis, Liz Anna Kozik has installed an exhibit telling the story of the first restored prairie in the world, Curtis Prairie at the UW–Madison Arboretum.

Green Fund supports energy-generating checkout, greenhouse cooling

Two projects are the first to be supported by a new UW–Madison Green Fund administered by the Office of Sustainability.

Aldo Leopold’s words once again broadcast to the state

In celebration of Earth Day, one of his successors will read portions of conservationist and former UW professor Aldo Leopold’s radio addresses that originally aired more than 80 years ago.

Hugh Iltis, UW’s ‘battling botanist,’ dies at 91

Passionate, articulate and informed, Iltis was opinionated, sometimes argumentative, but always a fearless defender of the natural world he revered.