Satellite Renamed to Honor UW-Madison Space Pioneer

By Chris Barncard (originally published January 25, 2012) NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have renamed their newest Earth-observing satellite after Verner Suomi, a longtime UW-Madison professor who often is called the father of satellite meteorology. A ’Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard Suomi NPP. This composite … More Satellite Renamed to Honor UW-Madison Space Pioneer

Drought May Mean Skinnier Pigs at County Fairs

By Carrie Antlfinger (originally published July 30, 2012) MILWAUKEE — State and county fairs in the sweltering and drought-stricken Midwest may see some skinnier pigs and smaller squash this year. The dozen pigs Greg Marzahl and his 15-year-old daughter are bringing to the Wisconsin State Fair are smaller than those he’d normally show. Marzahl, who had … More Drought May Mean Skinnier Pigs at County Fairs

Climate change is here — and worse than we thought

By James E. Hansen, Published: August 3 James E. Hansen directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988 , I warned of the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet. I painted a grim picture of the consequences … More Climate change is here — and worse than we thought

Storms Threaten Ozone Layer Over U.S., Study Says

By HENRY FOUNTAIN Published: July 26, 2012 273 Comments Strong summer thunderstorms that pump water high into the upper atmosphere pose a threat to the protective ozone layer over the United States, researchers said on Thursday, drawing one of the first links between climate change and ozone loss over populated areas. In a study published … More Storms Threaten Ozone Layer Over U.S., Study Says