September 2015

Oct.1, 2015

This just in from the pandas nestled in a remote corner of China: Their influence spans the globe.

In this week’s international journal Ecology and Society, sustainability scholars from Michigan State University apply a new integrated framework to the decades of work they’ve done to understand how pandas and local people in pandas’ fragile environment interact across the world.

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Sept. 18, 2015

China’s struggle – mirrored across the globe -- to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has left a disconnect:  In China’s case, shrinking fields of domestic soybean – by law non-GM -- and massive imports of cheaper soybeans that are the very GM crop consumers profess to shun.

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Sept. 11, 2015

In today’s globalized world, humans and nature are inextricably linked. The coupled human and natural systems (CHANS) framework provides a lens with which to understand such complex interactions.

One of the central components of the CHANS framework involves examining feedbacks among human and natural systems, which form when effects from one system on another system feed back to affect the first system.

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