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Oct. 12, 2017

MSU Today features CSIS contributions to conservation that have helped lead the giant pandas down a path from "endangered" to "vulnerable" -- and looks at the new challenges. In addition to the video is a companion piece on Progress for Pandas.

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Oct. 9, 2017

One of the wonders of today’s dependence on technology is the value of claiming a piece of the cloud.

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Oct. 4, 2017

Mark Rey, CSIS Executive in Residence, was honored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) with the Michael Buck Outstanding Service Award for Forest Public Policy in Charleston, WV, in September.

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Sept. 25, 2017

A study by Chinese and U.S. scientists finds that while populations of the iconic giant panda have increased recently, the species' habitat still covers less area and is more fragmented than when it was first listed as an endangered species in 1988.

The study, published Sept. 25 in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, used geospatial technologies and remote sensing data to map recent land-use changes and the development of roads within the panda's habitat.

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Sept. 7, 2017

Sand, spanning miles of beaches, carpeting vast oceans and deserts, is a visual metaphor for limitless resources. Yet researchers in this week’s journal Science seize another metaphor –  sand in an hourglass, marking time running out.

Sand is the literal foundation of urban development across the globe, a key ingredient of concrete, asphalt, glass, and electronics. It is cheap and easily extracted. Scientists in the United States and Germany say that easy access has bred a careless understanding of the true global costs of sand mining and consumption.

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Aug. 28, 2017

Things aren’t all black and white for giant pandas.

The beloved Chinese icons have basked in good press lately – their extinction risk status downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable,” their good fortunes have shown to rub off on their less charismatic forest neighbors that benefit from panda-centric conservation efforts.

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Invasive mussels and less nutrients from tributaries have altered the Lake Michigan ecosystem making it more conducive to the stocking of lake trout and steelhead than Chinook salmon, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan State University study.

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Aug. 11, 2017

Mark Rey, the CSIS executive in residence and the former undersecretary for natural resources andMark Rey environment in the George W. Bush administration, reaches across ideology to co-author an opinion piece in USA Today calling for bipartisan cooperation to fight fire fires more sensibly and dedicate more resources to forest restoration.

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Aug. 8, 2017

AnchovyFisheries – the local-to-global powerhouses of food and economics – are the latest enterprises to benefit from the telecoupling framework.

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