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.


Oct. 31, 2014

Today’s natural resource manager tending to the health of a stream in Louisiana needs to look upstream. Way upstream - like Montana. Michigan State University (MSU) scientists have invented a way to more easily manage the extensive nature of streams.

There are 2.6 million stream reaches in the contiguous United States that are intricately interconnected. It’s impossible to address the health of one reach without knowing what’s happening upstream.


Sept. 15, 2014

The first big revelation in conservation sciences was that studying the people on the scene as well as nature conservation was crucial. Now, as this science matures, researchers are showing that it’s useful to compare apples and oranges.

Or, more accurately, tigers and pandas.


Aug. 20, 2014

China’s 35-year quest to prosperity has exacted a steep price from its coastal ecosystems, a team of American and Chinese scientists report.

It’s not total human population growth that has degraded marine life along China’s coast to a near-irreversible point. Rather, scientists, including Michigan State University’s Jianguo “Jack” Liu, say the booming industrialization that began in 1978 has shifted populations to newly developed coasts, bringing with them pollution, coastal degradation and over fishing.