WEI in the News: July Media Mentions

Media coverage of WEI this month focused on the production of acetaminophen using plants, CO2 air capture, and sustainability in the city of Madison and beyond.


Pain relievers from plants: Wisconsin researchers invent renewable way to make acetaminophen

Wisconsin researchers have found a way to make acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — from plants. Traditionally, the popular pain reliever has been made using a fossil fuel. And there's no way to switch to the plant material cost-effectively. However, with the finite nature of fossil fuels and their widespread implications on climate change in mind, scientists are increasingly preparing for an economy in which petroleum takes a back seat to natural resources we already have in abundance.

Waste Management in Wisconsin, How Accurate Are Economic Impact Estimates?

Estimates of the economic impact large-scale developments will have on a community are just that – estimates. Wisconsin Public Radio looks into how multimillion-dollar projects affect local economies. Then, James Tinjum, UW–Madison associate professor of engineering professional development, delves into how waste is managed in Wisconsin as the state's largest landfill considers new ways to deal with garbage. 

CO2 air capture could consume 25% of global energy — study

Machines that draw carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere could demand up to a quarter of global energy in 2100, according to a new study. Gregory Nemet, a professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs, weighs in on this new demand for energy. 

Nation's Bioenergy Research Centers Celebrating 500th Patent Application This Summer

There are four Bioenergy Research Centers across the U.S., including one in Madison. This summer, these centers will be celebrating their 500th patent application. The Larry Meiller Show hosts Tim Donohue, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) director, to talk about the research currently happening at the GLBRC and the role UW-Madison plays in helping turn that research into new patents and inventions.

Leaders in campus sustainability weigh in on University efforts to combat climate change

In the wake of increased solar-powered infrastructure at UW–Madison, Greg Nemet and other leaders in sustainability on campus weigh in on UW efforts to combat the effects of climate change, as well as how the projects are started, funded and inhibited.