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Amazon Rainforest Conservation Victories Spill Losses to Neighbors

Monday, October 8, 2018
Amazon

New research suggests that protecting the Amazon rainforest from deforestation may just be shifting the damage to a less renowned neighbor. The unintended consequences are profound. Efforts to…

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Conservation Costs Can Be Higher than Bargained For

Thursday, March 22, 2018
potato field in China

 Sweeping policies that reward people in environmentally sensitive areas for returning their farmlands to nature have been lauded as ecological triumphs. But a new Michigan State University study…

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Pandas Still ‘Vulnerable,’ Habitat Sustainability Questioned

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
A young panda in Wolong, China dozes after wearing itself out playing. Learn more about MSU research

Pandas, the beloved Chinese iconic animal, have basked in good press lately – their extinction risk status downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable,” their good fortunes shown to rub off…

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Protecting Pandas Helps People, Environment in China

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
panda

Recent Michigan State University work shows China’s decades of defending panda turf have been good not just for the beloved bears, but also for protecting habitat for other…

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Understanding Climate Change is in the Details

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Zhenci Xu and Jianguo “Jack” Liu

Scientists at Michigan State University show that examining the daily minutia of climate, not just temperature, but also sunshine, precipitation and soil moisture simultaneously all over a country…

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Livestock Can Uproot Protected Wildlife

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Jindong Zhang

The story of wildlife conservation is usually framed as man vs. treasured wildlife. But there’s growing evidence that the narrative deserves to have leading roles for livestock such…

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MSU’s Liu Recognized for Contributions to Sustainability

Monday, March 13, 2017
Jack Liu

Jianguo “Jack” Liu, director of MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, has been recognized by the Ecological Society of America for writing “the greatest contribution” to sustainability…

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Fly-Over States Key to Saving Migratory Birds

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
warbler

Around the world, thousands of migratory animals travel hundreds or even thousands of miles each year. The journey of migratory animals is more important than their destination. Scientists…

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MSU Researcher Part of Federal Report on Global Change

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tom Dietz

Understanding how the Earth is changing, and how that change affects people, has advanced substantially thanks to investments by the federal government, according to a National Academies of…

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Protected Nature Areas Protect People, Too

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
A group of scientists is recommending giving the world’s nature reserves a makeover to defend not only flora and fauna, but people, too. Courtesy of MSU

A group of scientists is recommending giving the world’s nature reserves a makeover to defend not only flora and fauna, but people, too. Scientists in this week’s Proceedings…

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