November 2014

Nov. 25, 2014

Anglers across the nation wondering why luck at their favorite fishing spot seems to have dried up may have a surprising culprit: a mine miles away, even in a different state.

Scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) have taken a first broad look at the impacts of mines across the country– and found that mining can damage fish habitats miles downstream, and even in streams not directly connected to the mines.


Nov. 21, 2014

China’s second great wall, a vast seawall covering more than half of the country’s mainland coastline, is a foundation for financial gain - and also a dyke holding a swelling rush of ecological woes.

A group of international sustainability scholars, including Jianguo “Jack” Liu, director of Michigan State University’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, in a paper published today in Science magazine, outline the sweeping downsides of one of China’s efforts to fuel its booming economy, downsides that extend beyond China.


Nov. 18, 2014

The battle for survival of the endangered giant panda in the mountains of southwest China is compelling because of its close ties with the people who live – and struggle -- amongst them.

The well being of pandas and people are the focus of reams of policy seeking harmony that will allow both to thrive.  A new paper in the Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens makes a case for the fourth “P” – plants.