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June 29, 2009

People are more likely to enroll in conservation programs if their neighbors do – a tendency that should be exploited when it comes to protecting the environment, according to a pioneering study from Michigan State University.

The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to focus on the phenomenon of social norms in the context of China’s conservation efforts, said Jianguo “Jack” Liu, University Distinguished Professor and study co-author.

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Jan. 28, 2009

Knowledge gaps continue to hobble scientists’ assessments of the environment, a Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability researcher and colleagues warn. Their warning follows sobering conclusions drawn from what they do know and could help set the global agenda for research funding in the years to come.

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Dec. 31, 2008

Thomas Dietz was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences America's Climate Choices study; he will help lead this climate-change study that will advise Congress on environmental policy.

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Nov. 10, 2008

CSIS doctoral student Vanessa Hull returns to China this week in her quest to capture endangered giant pandas and affix tracking collars. She will find a much-changed environment since she departed last March.

A devastating earthquake May 12 killed approximately 70,000 people, including many at the Wolong Nature Reserve where panda researchers are based. The quake was centered less than 20 miles from the reserve, which spans nearly 500,000 acres of mountainous terrain in Sichuan province.

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July 7, 2008

Two of the world’s largest environmental programs in China are generally successful, although key reforms could transform them into a model for the rest of the world, according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jianguo “Jack” Liu, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor and lead researcher on the project, and several colleagues reviewed China’s Natural Forest Conservation and Grain to Green programs that together represent a government investment of more than 500 billion yuan ($72 billion-plus).

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May 15, 2008

Michigan State University has partnered for years with the world’s epicenter of giant panda research and preservation, and now is continuing as the area in China struggles to recover from the devastating earthquake.

While communications to the Wolong Nature Reserve remain severely challenged and information sparse, Jianguo “Jack” Liu, leader of MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, has confirmed that the three graduate students who work on his projects have survived the earthquake and are helping with rescue efforts.

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Dec. 31, 2007

AMBIO published "Coupled Human and Natural Systems" in the December 2007 issue.

Vanessa Hull's work with tracking giant pandas has been highlighted by the NSF.

PNAS published "Environmental Impacts of Divorce".

Zai Liang presented a seminar titled "Migration Networks and Migration Processes: The Case of China" at CSIS on Nov. 29.

Science published "Complexity of Coupled Human and Natural Systems."

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Dec. 10, 2007

Michigan State University’s panda habitat research team has spent years collecting mountains of data aimed at understanding and saving giant pandas. Now people can join a graduate student as she works to catch crucial data that’s black, white and furry. 

Vanessa Hull, 25, a Ph.D. candidate, is in the snowy, remote mountains of the Sichuan Province of China – which also is the heart of panda habitat. She’s hoping to capture, collar and track up to four wild pandas using advanced global positioning systems.

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Sept. 13, 2007

No one says marriage is easy – but an international group of 16 natural scientists and social scientists, including three from Michigan State University, are saying the wedding of natural sciences and social sciences is called for.

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