Nov. 21, 2014

China’s second great wall, a vast seawall covering more than half of the country’s mainland coastline, is a foundation for financial gain - and also a dyke holding a swelling rush of ecological woes.

A group of international sustainability scholars, including Jianguo “Jack” Liu, director of Michigan State University’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, in a paper published today in Science magazine, outline the sweeping downsides of one of China’s efforts to fuel its booming economy, downsides that extend beyond China.


Nov. 18, 2014

The battle for survival of the endangered giant panda in the mountains of southwest China is compelling because of its close ties with the people who live – and struggle -- amongst them.

The well being of pandas and people are the focus of reams of policy seeking harmony that will allow both to thrive.  A new paper in the Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens makes a case for the fourth “P” – plants.


Oct. 31, 2014

Today’s natural resource manager tending to the health of a stream in Louisiana needs to look upstream. Way upstream - like Montana. Michigan State University (MSU) scientists have invented a way to more easily manage the extensive nature of streams.

There are 2.6 million stream reaches in the contiguous United States that are intricately interconnected. It’s impossible to address the health of one reach without knowing what’s happening upstream.


Joe Nohner is a CSIS PhD student who's studying largemouth bass, specifically how habitat helps baby largemouth survive and grow, and the socioeconomic factors that influence landowners’ habitat management choices. He's also a passionate fisherman who aims to understand the layers and layers of complexity to solve ecosystem problems. This is an excerpt from Joe's blog, Fishing for Habitat.