May 2013

Fall semester 2013


Jianguo "Jack" Liu in Fall semester 2013 taught a class on the key issues and exciting frontiers in research on coupled human and natural systems (CHANS).

Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS): Key Issues and Research Frontier -- FW893 (section 002) -- examined the many complex ways that humans and the environment are intertwined. 


May 22, 2013

What people take from nature – water, food, timber, inspiration, relaxation – are so abundant, it seems self-evident. Until you try to quantitatively understand how and to what extent they contribute to humans.

In today’s world, where competition for and degradation of natural resources increases globally, it becomes ever more crucial to quantify the value of ecosystem services – the precise term that defines nature’s benefits, and even more important to link how different types of ecosystem services affect various components of human well-being.


May 20, 2013

Buying an energy-efficient appliance or light bulb can seem like a green act and a good idea.

But that depends on if the buyer is red or blue.

Thomas Dietz of the Michigan State University’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability and colleagues muse on the complexities consumers exhibit when deciding whether or not to put their money where their carbon footprint is.