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Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replace grasslands nationwide

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.

Campus Food Map & Sustainable Dining Guide launched

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 […]

No one-size-fits-all approach in a changing climate, changing land

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 […]

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