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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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Aug. 3, 2017

The just-opened MSU Museum exhibit "Michigan Bird Conservation Stories: Pigeons Past to PloversMuseum's Hovis research poster Present" features the work of CSIS PhD student Ciara Hovis, who this summer is in northeastern China doing field work to explore how birds may reflect global agricultural changes examined in a telecoupling framework.

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July 7, 2017

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts to a session in this year’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting featuring studies using the telecoupling framework to address the growing sustainability challenges facing coupled human and natural systems under globalization.

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July 6, 2017

While science usually gets recognized for churning up big answers, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are mining the big questions.

Sustainability scholars across the globe have made the leap to embrace integrative and interdisciplinary research, yet where to best place that energy hadn’t been well defined. In this week’s journal Ecology and Society, a focus for understanding and managing coupled human and natural systems is gaining clarity thanks to surveys that asked scholars what were the most important questions 

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June 26, 2017

Loving pandas isn’t just a feel-good activity. Recent Michigan State University (MSU) work shows China’s decades of defending panda turf have been good not just for the beloved bears, but also protects habitat for other valuable plants and animals, boosts biodiversity and fights climate change.

The study points to a path going beyond pandas to even more benefits of conservation.

“Hidden roles of protected areas in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services” was published in this week’s journal Ecosphere.

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