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From high-profile wildfires in the American West over the last several years, to visibly cleaner air during pandemic lock-downs, air quality is returning to the forefront of environmental concern. The air we breathe has direct impacts on human health and quality of life. Especially for people with respiratory concerns, sufficient […]

Air quality: from cities to space





This post was written by student science writer Mary Magnuson The morning of December 2, the Madison skyline looked considerably different — as if the city had been transported out west, where mountains and mesas tower. In an image captured by Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies atmospheric scientist Tim […]

Rare mirage dominates Madison skyline


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This is the first blog post by student science writer Mary Magnuson. It’s easy for anyone monitoring the pandemic through months of 24-hour news cycles to pick up on false information or conspiracy theories. We talked to University of Wisconsin–Madison experts to figure out why global events like the COVID-19 […]

Keep your distance from COVID-19 misinformation