Faculty members Sarah A. Moore, Robert Roth and Morgan Robertson were recently awarded $400,000 by the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences program to study “Transboundary Flows of Hazardous Waste in North America”. This project is the first of its kind to analyze flows of waste to and from specific sub-national locales throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States. This project will provide novel methodologies and conceptualizations for understanding the transboundary trade in hazardous waste, in part by creating a dataset that documents site-to-site transactions between localities within North America. The data and geovisualization tools will be made available to policy makers, community members and regulators to aid in the responsible management of the trade in hazardous materials. Related story
Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a recent study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands. (more…)
The Office of Sustainability (OS) website now hosts the new “Campus Food Map and Sustainable Dining Guide“ created by UW–Madison students Danielle Caputo, Jen Tirella, and Russell Wagner. The interactive map includes reviews of all campus eateries and their sustainable dining options. The students developed this map as part of their capstone project in Env. Studies 600 “Consumer-Driven Sustainability” taught last spring by Prof. Holly Gibbs and Nelson graduate student, Tyler Lark. (more…)
Researchers say they looked at the combined effects of land use decisions and climate change because, while there are many studies of each, the two factors need to be examined together.
As climate change alters habitats for birds and bees and everything in between, so too does the way humans decide to use land. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Aarhus University in Denmark have, for the first time, found a way to determine the potential combined impacts of both climate and land-use change on plants, animals and ecosystems across the country. (more…)