May 2018

May 17, 2018

Scientists doing due diligence to provide answers to some of the world’s most pressing questions – increasing food production, the availability of clean water and energy and preserving or increasing biodiversity – can be overwhelmed by the complexity.

Achieving environmental sustainability is gnarly, and like many of today’s problems, begs the question, “shouldn’t there be an app for that?”

There is.


May 8, 2018

Global environmental sustainability isn’t just a destination. It really is about the journey.

Today’s tightly connected world has energy, people, organisms, information, natural resources and goods flowing back and forth. Regularly, the impacts of the exchanges are documented – pollution, deforestation, shortages, excesses – a flood of wins and losses.


May 7, 2018

Trees falling as fragile forests become cropland is a visual shorthand for the environmental costs exporting countries pay to meet lucrative global demands for food. Yet a new study reveals a counterintuitive truth: Importing food also damages homeland ecology.

In this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and their colleagues show that the decisions domestic farmers must make as imported food changes the crop market can damage the environment.


May 4, 2018

With campus in bloom, CSIS celebrated commencement by hosting National Academy of Sciences president Marcia McNutt as she delivered the advanced degree commencement address and received an honorary degree. 

Hongbo Yang received his PhD, hooded by advisor Jack Liu, and Kat Magoulick received her bachelor's degree Saturday. 

A photo album can be found on the CSIS Facebook site.