July 16, 2013

It’s easier to feel positive about the endangered tiger in your backyard if you live on the good side of town.

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) study what influences people’s attitudes toward the tigers that share their neighborhood in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, home to some 125 adult tigers. In the scientific journal AMBIO, the researchers took a novel approach to putting people’s attitudes on a map.


June 17, 2013

Sustainability programs are a Goldilocks proposition – some groups are too big, some are too small, and the environment benefits when the size of a group of people working to save it is just right.

It has long been debated how many people working together can change the world. Whether it’s joining forces to conserve gas, save a forest or stave off climate change, arguments have been made for the power of a dedicated few or the strength of numbers. It also has been a mystery what tips a group dynamic from powerful to unproductive.


April 19, 2013

Chuck Leavell, who divides his time between being a conservationist and a rock star, will talk about stewardship and partnership this weekend on Greening of the Great Lakes radio show. He chatted with Kirk Heinze and Russ White (below).


March 28, 2013

Chuck Leavell divides his time between rocking and growing -- as a musician who for 30 years has toured for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, John Mayer and more on piano and keyboards. Off-stage he is a conservationist who owns and operates a tree farm -- Charlane Plantation -- in Macon, Ga


Dec. 11, 2012

Mark ReyMark Rey, executive in residence for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and CSIS, co-authored an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "Could the Farm Bill Devastate America’s Birds?" this week, pointing out crucial conservation aspects nested in the current Farm Bill. 


CSIS director Jack Liu is on of several researchers examining China's effort to protect its environmental assets, which is featured in a New Scientist article. Liu notes that even though China suffers enormous environmental damage, it also is ahead of most other countries in recognizing -- and acting on -- the assault on its natural resources.