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March 28, 2019

For a five-year-old, the telecoupling framework is proving to be precocious.

What began as a research upstart in the crowded world of sustainability science, the research framework is becoming a standard to allow scientists from many different fields come to the same table to examine complicated challenges that span the globe. Telecoupling framework’s impact and future are examined in this month’s journal Sustainability.

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March 21, 2019

Fulfilling the world’s growing energy needs summons images of oil pipelines, electric wires and truckloads of coal. But Michigan State University scientists show a lot of energy moves nearly incognito, embedded in the products of a growing society.

And that energy leaves its environmental footprint home.

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Feb. 14, 2019

Master's degree student Tessaliz Quiles Delgado and PhD student Kelly Kapsar have been awarded support for their studies in conservation.

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Feb. 1, 2019

Even as the world gets on the same sustainability page courtesy of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those very goals can result in significant tradeoffs. Scientists suggest new ways to tackle unexpected or unintended consequences cropping up on the way to a better world at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.

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Dec. 18, 2018

Seabird watching off the tip of South America. Trekking through banana plantations in Laos. Dairy farming in the midwestern USA. Each once-local experience is now part of a global sustainability challenge.

As local becomes global, sustainability scientists are breaking down disciplinary barriers and joining in new ways to figure out survival. In the face of threats that transcend borders -- climate change, water and energy shortages, food insecurity, pollution flows – scientists themselves are shedding conventional limitations.

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Nov. 29, 2018

Jianguo “Jack” Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, has been named in the annual  Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers List, which recognizes influential researchers around the world.

He is one of seven Michigan State University (MSU) scholars on the list. 

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Nov. 27, 2018

Sue Nichols, who has supported and extolled research spanning rare isotopes, manure management, and Rwandan coffee, as well as the intimate habits of giant pandas, has become Michigan’s first science communicator to be named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Nov. 7, 2018

Nature – if you support it, ecotourists will come. Managed wisely, both can win.

The balancing act of protecting and fostering biodiversity with hordes of tourists in pristine nature parks is a global challenge.

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Nov. 5, 2018

For sweeping drama, it’s hard to beat hydropower from dams – a renewable source of electricity that helped build much of the developed world. Yet five scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) say that behind roaring cascades is a legacy of underestimated costs and overestimated value.

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