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Fertilizer’s legacy: Taking a toll on land and water

The world’s total human population has jumped to more than 7.4 billion just this year. Feeding the human species takes a tremendous toll on our natural resources including water, soil and phosphorus — a chemical element in fertilizer essential for food production. In modern agriculture, fertilizer often leaks into waterways...

How Fire Scars are Changing the Alaskan Tundra

Nearly ten years ago, the largest recorded tundra fire in the Arctic, known as the Anaktuvuk River fire, was sparked by a lightning strike, burning its way across more than 400 square miles of the North Scope of Alaska. The fire released nearly as much carbon – a greenhouse gas...

Researchers: Mother Nature Knows Best

A new program aimed at improving water quality in the nation’s heartland by using watershed-scale conservation to reduce nutrient runoff from farms has been recognized by the Obama Administration during the United Nations World Water Day Summit.

Indiana Conservation Program Highlighted at White House Summit

A new program aimed at improving water quality in the nation’s heartland by using watershed-scale conservation to reduce nutrient runoff from farms was highlighted Tuesday at a White House Water Summit. The Water Summit was the backdrop for the Obama administration’s announcement of a national strategy on water management and drought resiliency....

Indiana Watershed Initiative highlighted at White House Water Summit

A new program aimed at improving water quality in the nation’s heartland by using watershed-scale conservation to reduce nutrient runoff from farms was highlighted Tuesday (March 22) at a White House Water Summit. The program is spearheaded through a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and...

The World's Most Urgent Science Project: PalEON

On a spring morning in New Hampshire, 2,000 years ago, sunlight struck a black cherry tree, opening its white-and-yellow blossoms. As the tree swayed gently in breeze, spiky, spherical pollen grains spilled out of its flowers, and floated up through the limbs and leaves of the canopy, before drifting down...

Hesburgh’s Influence on Science at Notre Dame

As the celebration of the sesquicentennial of science comes to a close and the one-year anniversary of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.’s passing approaches, the University of Notre Dame reflects on the life of Father Hesburgh and his impact on the growth and development of the sciences and scientific research...

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative announces Associate Director of ND-GAIN

Professor Patrick Regan has been appointed the Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) for ND-GAIN.   In this new role, Regan will lead academic scholarship around ND-GAIN by amplifying faculty engagement in climate adaptation, identifying funding opportunities to enhance the University’s climate research capacity, directing scholarly...

Author: Alex Gumm

Climate Change: Dealing With Complexity

Make no mistake: climate change is the environmental problem of this century. Arctic sea ice is melting, along with land-based glaciers and ice sheets. Sea levels are rising, threatening the security of hundreds of millions of people living in coastal regions, and ocean acidification is disrupting important ecosystems and food...

COP21: SUCCESS FOR ADAPTATION

Paris Agreement reflects University of Notre Dame's climate research assets.  Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index is key to the success of the Agreement, providing knowledge, products and services for all of the signatories and other private sector and development actors working to achieve adaptation and resilience goals.

Author: Alex Gumm

Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative names new Director

Professor Jennifer Tank has been named the new Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), starting January 1, 2016. Since its inception, Tank has been actively involved at ND-ECI, serving as the Research Lead for the Land Use Program, the Director of the Notre Dame Linked...

Author: Alex Gumm

App Helps Seniors Harness Health Technology

As health apps and wearable technology devices like Fitbits inundate the market, there’s one population that has been largely ignored, says a University of Notre Dame researcher. Director of the school’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) Dr. Nitesh Chawla is going against the current, targeting seniors with...

New technology to provide insights into the health of students

Cellphones, any parent can attest, play a central role in the lives of college students. Studies show that nearly all college students own a cellphone, and most of those students use text messaging as their main form of communication. Researchers from the University of Notre Dame used the centrality of...

Global browning: Why the world’s fresh water is getting murkier

Maggie Xenopoulos straps on a pair of hip-waders, grabs a 1-litre plastic bottle from her truck and wades into Ontario’s Nottawasaga river. “See this brown colour?” she says, scooping up water the colour of weak tea. “That’s dissolved organic carbon. It blocks UV rays. It’s a bit like SPF for aquatic life.”...