Three hundred and fifty parts per million: that’s the percentage of carbon the earth’s atmosphere can contain while maintaining the climate to which we’re all accustomed. Above that, and greenhouse effects start raising the temperature. We’re currently at four hundred parts per million, thanks largely to human combustion of fossil fuels, which releases millenia of […]
The Upper Sugar River starts where the Wisconsin glacier stopped 50,000 years ago. From the highlands near Mt. Horeb, the river winds its way through southwestern Dane County before hitting the Lake Belleville dam. From there it eventually joins the Pecatonica River in Winnebago County, near the Illinois state line.
It’s had a varied and occasionally troubled history, serving as a power source for timber mills, and more recently, as a outflow for agricultural fields. Lately, however, it has become a mecca for trout fishers, kayakers and naturalists, as the river’s health and ecology has experienced a remarkable rebound. The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association can take a good chunk of the credit for that turnaround. Brian Standing spoke with Wade Moder, Executive Director of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association, about the work of the Association on the Monday 8 O’Clock Buzz.
In this episode of PNM from January 7, 2016, reporter Matthew Zmudka discusses the science, technology, and environmental policy positions of various presidential candidates. We cover Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump in this episode. While the candidates (and us) largely focus on climate change, we touch on GMOs, nuclear […]
At the climate change talks in Paris, negotiators have produced a 21-page draft agreement on schedule, and apparently with little acrimony. This week, world leaders will take the draft document and hope to hammer out a final agreement. Having recently returned from Paris, Nathan Schulfer, Professional Programs Assistant Director of the UW Nelson Institute joined Brian Standing to talk about the noise coming out of the summit.
Every few weeks or so, the Monday Eight O’Clock Buzz checks in with our far-flung correspondents, scattered hither and yon around the globe. This time around, Brian Standing checked in with Barbara With, our correspondent from the northernmost reach of Wisconsin, out there in Lake Superior on Madeline Island. Barbara talked about the fight for environmental […]
Although UW-Madison’s MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) program is only a couple years old, it’s already attracted thousands of learners of all ages and backgrounds from around the globe. This year, they’ve chosen to purposefully narrow the thematic scope of their offerings in hopes of getting people to truly engage with the course material. The […]