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The Invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer

Jun 14, 2020
The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, has been a cause for concern for foresters and landowners alike in the United States. The beetle originated in Asia and was first observed in the United States near Detroit, Michigan, in 2002. It killed nearly 99% of ash trees near its place of original introduction. By 2018, EAB has been observed in thirty-five states and has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

Producing Pandemics: Human Incursion into Nature

May 27, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has been a shock to our system. No one could have predicted what 2020 would have in store for us, but perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised. Scientists have been warning us of the growing possibility of a pandemic for years. Human interaction with wildlife and the environment has a role to play in producing pandemics.

Earth Day Through the Years

Apr 22, 2020
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. While the world around us has dramatically changed since its first celebration fifty years ago, we will take a moment to reflect on the legacy of Earth Day that has continued to inspire action through the decades.

Activism from Home, Climate Strikes Go Virtual

Apr 21, 2020
Youth climate coalition's three-day Earth Week strikes aren't cancelled--they're going virtual.

Environmental Rollbacks During Global Pandemic

Apr 01, 2020
During the time of a global pandemic and national crisis, the EPA and DOT have weakened CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and CO2 emission standards set during the Obama-era.

Environmental Connections: Peace Corps Series

Mar 24, 2020
Regardless of drawn boundaries and state lines, we all call this planet our home. The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from communities in countries across the world. Together, with support across the world, we can protect our Earth. The following stories in this series will highlight the work and experiences by returned Peace Corps volunteers.

Deep Winter Greenhouses: Eat Fresh Vegetables Year-Round

Mar 15, 2020
The frozen ground may be blanketed in a layer of fluffy snow with icicles clinging to the barn roof, but some families in Minnesota have been eating fresh greens for dinner all winter long. A Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG) is a greenhouse designed specifically for northern latitudes with cold, dark winters.

Farm-fed Energy with Anaerobic Digestion

Mar 06, 2020
Anaerobic digestion (AD) has been hailed as an upcoming renewable energy source. These systems seem to solve two problems by removing the manure waste from farms and producing renewable energy. From California to Pennsylvania to New York, many AD projects have been successfully producing energy across the United States for years.

Counting Whales from Space

Feb 21, 2020
The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, has partnered with Draper, an engineering and research company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to monitor whales with satellites in a project fittingly named “Counting Whales from Space.”

UW-Madison Students Stage Die-In to Demand Divestment

Feb 16, 2020
UW-Madison is one of 59 campuses across the country and the world who participated in Fossil Fuel Divestment Day (F2D2). Students from various universities share disappointment with the lack of urgency and response to growing concern over climate change.