Category Archives: Environment

Measuring the risks of extreme temperatures on public health

Heat and cold waves affect people with certain health conditions differently, highlighting the need for tailored public service risk communication. Extreme hot and cold weather increase the number of deaths…

Environment benefits from large middle class in some Asian countries [Asia Research News 2018 feature

A large middle class in Thailand and Indonesia is demanding more environmental protection; something not happening in other developing South-East Asian nations. More equitable income distribution is resulting in better…

Calculating the impacts of natural events on wildlife

A new method could help scientists understand how wildlife populations are affected by major natural events, such as hurricanes, severe winters, and tsunamis. The approach suggests the 2011 tsunami had…

The absence of ants – Entomologist confirms first Saharan farming 10,000 years ago

Dr Stefano Vanin was part of an international team working on discoveries at the Holocene age hunter-gatherer site at Takarkori in south-western Libya. BY analysing a prehistoric site in the…

ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter from orbit

The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from…

Green spaces in cities help control floods, store carbon

For many ecologists, fieldwork involves majestic mountains or rushing rivers or large tracts of wilderness. At the very least, it means exploring natural areas that aren’t defined by human development….

Nitrate flux in the Arctic not following the decreasing NOx emissions in neighboring countries

Nitrate deposits in the Arctic remains high even after the turn of the century, despite environmental policies adopted by neighboring countries in the late 20th century to cut nitrogen oxide…

Lake Michigan waterfowl botulism deaths linked to warm waters, algae

Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of birds living on the Great Lakes have died during periodic outbreaks of botulism. The outbreaks have only become more common and widespread in…

UW-Madison to aid NASA’s push to measure Arctic’s radiant energy

Questions abound about conditions in the Arctic and its role in regulating Earth’s climate. Now, a UW–Madison-led research program aims to answer some of those questions by developing and testing…

Invasive worms spreading in Arboretum forests, limited effects so far

When researchers found invasive Asian jumping worms at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum in 2013, they spotted an opportunity to follow the invaders, and their effects, from the beginning. In…