In The Media

March, 2011

Writing this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, Thomas Dietz, of the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, and Michael Vandenbergh, of Vanderbilt University, say such a scheme could influence consumers to choose low-carbon products.

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March, 2011

When ESPP started revising the doctoral specialization last year, faculty members and students asked for a course that would teach core skills for interdisciplinary environmental policy work. In response, ESPP has created ESP 891 (soon to be ESP 800): Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy.

Team taught by Laura Schmitt Olabisi (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies, ESPP) and Louie Rivers (Criminal Justice, ESPP), ESP 891 is designed for students to learn basic interdisciplinary research concepts as well as related research methods and analytical techniques

“Recently, we had a philosopher come in and discuss animal welfare,” said student Abigail Lynch (Center for Systems Integration and Sustainablity, Fisheries and Wildlife and ESPP). As someone who primarily studies resource management of wild animals, Lynch said that the class’s discussion on farm animal welfare gave her a different perspective on her own work.

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March, 2011
People: 

Environmental damage has never respected boundaries, political or otherwise, but we’re existing right now with a whole new level of being able to harm at a very long distance. If you’re living in the United States, Australia, Europe, or wherever, the impacts of your life are felt far out of sight and out of mind. This is globalization: as technology has enabled the world market, it’s also enabled that Ikea table you bought in Manhattan to lead to deforestation in Russia. Looking at these and other kinds of connections among human and natural systems over long distances hasn’t had a name until very recently, when Jack Liu, director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University, began a whole new scientific conversation with the “Telecoupling of Human and Natural Systems” symposium held at last month’s AAAS conference in D.C.

Motherboard talked to Liu earlier this week about how we can even start to get a handle on complex relationships over vast distances that change over time. And Pandas.

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