Tag Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

New process leads to smaller estimate for global urban area

December 16, 2009

Urbanization is one of the most important trends of the 21st century, yet we don't have a good idea of how much land cities occupy.

Festival leverages film for community action

October 21, 2009

The Tales from Planet Earth film festival takes center stage in Madison Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8 with something new — a built-in call to action.

‘Motion picture’ of past warming paves way for snapshots of future climate change

July 16, 2009

By accurately modeling Earth's last major global warming - and answering pressing questions about its causes - scientists led by University of Wisconsin–Madison and National Center for Atmospheric Research climatologists are unraveling the intricacies of the kind of abrupt climate shifts that may occur in the future.

Landscape found to influence spread of malaria in Amazon

March 31, 2009

The spread of malaria, one of the world's most prevalent insect-borne diseases and a leading killer of children, may have more to do with landscape than precipitation as the world warms, according to a new study.

Hurricanes not likely to disrupt ocean carbon balance

March 30, 2009

Hurricanes are well known for the trail of damage and debris they can leave on land, but less known for the invisible trail left over the ocean by their gale-force winds - a trail of carbon dioxide.