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When modeling how an animal may be living in its habitat, scientists can find themselves like the Goldilocks of methodology – finding some study areas and resolutions of data too big or too small. In this week’s Scientific Reports, Michigan State University researchers offer ways to make a model just right.

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Oct. 20, 2019

In a world filled with stories of urgent conservation problems and heroic quests for solutions, Michigan State University experts this month have created a book full of success stories.

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Sept. 26, 2019

Synthesizing new data and assessment methods is showing how freshwater fish is an invisible superhero in the global challenge to feed poor rural populations in many areas of the world.

But there’s a problem: Invisibility is the wrong superpower.

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Sept. 23, 2019

Fundamentalist Christians tap into their willingness to sacrifice to conserve water and energy, shop environmentally and protect the Earth, according to a Michigan State University (MSU) study.

 A team of social scientists and sustainability scientists worked to peel off the layers of understanding about how Christianity and environmentalism mix. Their work is reported in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

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Sept. 23, 2019

Two CSIS members tied for second place in a campus competition to translate data into a compelling visual. 

PhD students Veronica Frans and Yingji Li placed in the Social Science Data Analytics (SSDA) Data Visualization Challenge, which judges works on communication effectiveness, creativity and design.

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Aug. 6, 2019

Where there’s a will to peddle soybeans in the global marketplace, there’s a way, even if a trade war creates roadblocks.

In the recent issue of the international open-access journal Sustainability, Michigan State University (MSU) scholars apply a new, more holistic way to examine global agricultural trade to better understand what’s going on when a country as enormous as China develops a big appetite for soybeans.

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May 21, 2019

Globalization isn’t just a phenomenon of trade.  Tourists increasingly have become international jetsetters, bringing the promise of prosperity, threats to the nature they come to experience and lots of questions about how to strike a balance.

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May 6, 2019

Lands that shelter forests have value often readily tallied by developers, but until now it’s been more difficult to prove the success of protecting those forested lands in pursuit of sustainability. That can put conservationists on the defense.

A group of scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) have focused on understanding what makes a protected area the most effective at preventing deforestation. Preserving forests means more trees to suck up greenhouse gasses, as well as prevent erosion, mitigate flooding, purify water and quell sandstorms.

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May 5, 2019

A new book brings together leading experts on telecoupling and land-use, and features a chapter by CSIS scientists.

Telecoupling -- Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World presents a comprehensive exploration of the emerging concept and framework of telecoupling and how it can help create a better understanding of land-use change in a globalised world.

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April 30, 2019

Two papers by Michigan State University (MSU) scientists begin challenging a more simplistic, input/output view of natural resources in favor of a way that better reflected how the world really works.

That these natural resources don’t just flow or gush down pipelines.

That sometimes energy whisks across the world stored in the materials it produces. Sometimes water moves stored in crops it made grow.

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