April 6, 2010

Hundreds of scientists from around the world are involved in a new initiative at Michigan State University to improve cutting-edge research on the increasingly fragile relationship between humans and the environment.

The National Science Foundation recognized this research as a priority and has selected MSU to lead the effort, called the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems, or CHANS-Net. The NSF is supporting the project with a five-year grant.


April 1, 2010

Complex issues have hampered China's environmental protection efforts, but bold innovations can help it become a global sustainability leader, says a noted Michigan State University environmental scientist.


March 18, 2010

With large and growing economies and populations, China and India will strongly influence the quality of the global environment for years to come. While their political relationship is strained, it's critical the two countries work together to slow global warming, deforestation, water shortages and other environmental issues, says a Michigan State University scientist and colleagues.


Dec. 31, 2009

Jie Gong joined CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a visiting scholar. Gong is associate professor at Lanzhou University, China. His research interests are landscape pattern and ecological processes, land use change and its driving forces, land degradation and its control, ecological restoration in arid and semiarid area of China.

The paper "Coupled Human and Natural Systems" was ranked as one of the most read articles in Ambio.

Jack Liu was interviewed by Nature in December.


July 20, 2009

Achieving global sustainability is the biggest and most complex challenge in human history. The world is increasingly aware of enormous socioeconomic consequences of environmental woes, including climate change and resource scarcity. Many actions are being taken on the path toward sustainability. For instance, green energy technologies are being developed not only in developed nations like the United States, but also in developing countries such as China.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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).