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Tom Brock, who discovered world-changing extremophiles, dies at 94

April 26, 2021

One of the species Brock discovered helped usher in the modern era of molecular biology and underpins today’s PCR tests for the COVID-19 virus.

Subscriptions to satellite alerts linked to decreased deforestation in Africa

January 4, 2021

Launched in 2016, the Global Land Analysis and Discovery system provides frequent, high-resolution alerts when it detects a drop in forest cover.

UW–Madison recognized for its water- and energy-saving initiatives

December 1, 2020

The heating and cooling plant improvements stem from an upgraded cleaning system for heat exchangers covering over 50,000 tons of the campus’s central plant chillers.

Bird’s-eye view of geology using drones offers new way to protect groundwater

November 27, 2020

Researchers at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey are spending a little less time on the ground and more time in the air — looking at the ground. What they're finding could help improve water quality.

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.”

UW helps farmers reinvent themselves in challenging times

July 23, 2020

Innovations being developed today will help define the future of American dairy: what products are available, how the land and animals are cared for, and how farmers make a living.

New approach for breaking plastics down shows promise for ‘upcycling’ them

June 25, 2020

“Thirty percent of our plastic is ending up in the environment," says chemical and biological engineering Professor George Huber. "The current plastic infrastructure is not sustainable right now.”

Controlling invasive milfoil with lake-wide herbicide could do more harm than good to native plants

June 11, 2020

New research could help lake managers make more informed decisions about their invasive species control strategies.

Environmental DNA shows promise in estimating sport fish populations

June 11, 2020

eDNA could help fisheries managers keep tabs on walleye health across many more lakes at a fraction of the cost of current monitoring methods.

Spring comes to the Arboretum

May 14, 2020

With the snow melted, the warmth of the spring sun brings the Arboretum back to joyous life. Flowers bloom, birds sing, shoots arise from the soil. Enjoy this look at spring’s wonderful renewal of the earth.

Virtual symposium addresses key resource during pandemic: clean water

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 may have forced the event to go virtual, but it also brought the importance of its topic into sharp focus. “You can’t wash your hands if you don’t have water,” says Water@UW–Madison's Matt Ginder-Vogel.

Old-school cool: A look back on Earth Day

April 22, 2020

Wondering what Earth Day looked like for UW in 1970? Here are some old-school cool photos that flashback to the historic event.

Blank’s Slate: You don’t have to miss observing Earth Day

April 16, 2020

Chancellor Rebecca Blank urges you to participate in a virtual Earth Day conference sponsored by the Nelson Institute on April 20. And learn more about the history of the Nelson Institute as it celebrates 50 years.

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts revived under Governor’s task force

November 26, 2019

WICCI will contribute climate data informing the work of a state panel charged with advising Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Sustainable dairy project finds ways to lower emissions, boost profits

September 20, 2019

Researchers found that ideal cow genetics, improved feeding strategies and better manure management could allow dairy farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions while producing more milk with less feed.