Tag Environment

Autumn fades on the prairie

The final days of fall bring their own unique colors and textures, stark yet lovely, to the Curtis Prairie at UW–Madison's Arboretum.

Food processors, UW collaborate to remove guesswork from wastewater disposal

The results of a three-year study offer some support for the belief that much of the nitrogen in the wastewater from cheese-making and vegetable processing leaves the soil and harmlessly enters the atmosphere.

Q & A: Plant expert talks benefits of owning plants for students, Plant Adoption Day

Plants are beneficial for the well-being of students. They provide oxygen and are an essential resource for all human life on Earth. And now students can get a free one.

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.