Tree Growth and Carbon Sequestration

Photosynthesis — the planet altering cellular process you likely learned about in school at various points. While some of us might be fuzzy on the details since we learned it, many researchers are trying to understand how we can manipulate the process to combat climate change. For example, our featured scientist from December reprograms plant cells to be better and faster … More Tree Growth and Carbon Sequestration

New leader, same land.

In August of 2016, during the last months of his presidency, Obama used his executive power to quadruple the size of the Papahanaumokuakea (pronounced “Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-ah”) Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Originally created by President George W. Bush, the national monument is now the largest ecologically protected area on the planet at roughly 582,578 square … More New leader, same land.

Fall Flights

Fall has arrived and in the northern climates it’s time to say goodbye to summer flowers, fresh strawberries, and some of our wildlife friends. Many birds leave Wisconsin each fall for warmer temperatures of the south. The most well known in Wisconsin might be the Sandhill Crane or the many waterfowl that can be found in … More Fall Flights

Satellites in the Sky

On September 30th, the Rosetta spacecraft crash landed on comet 67P. This might sound like a bad thing, but it was intentionally done by scientists at the European Space Operations Center after the spacecraft had recorded information about the comet for 2 years. It took 10 years to travel all the way through the solar system … More Satellites in the Sky

Ask Your Doctor About Climate Change

The word climate change is often associated with warmer temperatures, intense weather events, and melting glaciers but did you know that it may also affect your health and well-being? Health care professionals warn that warmer temps have dangerous implications for the elderly and those already sick, but may also increase seasonal allergies and asthma risks … More Ask Your Doctor About Climate Change

National Parks Threatened by Climate Change

This year marks a special anniversary for our national parks. One hundred years ago (August 25, 1916) the National Parks Service was created by President Woodrow Wilson to protect and manage our national parks and monuments. Many of our country’s most famous national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone pre-date the parks service and the bulk of … More National Parks Threatened by Climate Change

Can Whale Poop Fight Climate Change?

Too often the news about climate change is overwhelming and, frankly, a bit terrifying…but, thanks to some researchers at the University of Vermont and the ‘gentle giants of the deep’, we’ve got some amusing, albeit disgusting news to share… Whale poop is believed to fight climate change by providing nutrients that enhance plankton growth and as plankton … More Can Whale Poop Fight Climate Change?