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Scientists Advocate Breaking Laws – of Geography and Ecology

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
A branch with green leaves, there are trees in the background.

Recent global calamities – the pandemic, wildfires, floods – are spurring interdisciplinary scientists to nudge aside the fashionable First Law of Geography that dictates “everything is related to…

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Pandas’ Popularity ‘Umbrella’ Not Protecting Neighbors

Monday, January 4, 2021
forest

Doubt is cast on the long-held hope that the conservation protections granted pandas and other adored threatened species extended to their wildlife neighbors, calling for broader conservation efforts….

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Farms, Tables and Revealing Vast Impacts Between and Beyond

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Open farm field with irrigation system in the background

Bountiful harvests in one location can mean empty water reservoirs and environmental woes far from farmlands. A unique study in this week’s Nature Communications examines how food, energy, water and…

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Well Off Countries Need Trade To Cut Environmental Woes

Monday, July 13, 2020
ship on the panama canal

International trade wins and losses don’t just show up in the stock market, but also on a nation’s environmental sustainability scores, a new study in “Nature Sustainability” shows….

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Giving GDP a Needed Ecological Companion

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
plant in the mountains

To have a more sustainable world, people need to put a dollar value on nature’s contributions. In this week’s interdisciplinary journal — “Proceedings of the National Academy of…

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Small Farmers Sink or Swim in Globalization’s Tsunami

Friday, February 28, 2020
Researcher speaking with small farmers

Whether small-time farmers across the world get swept away by globalization or ride a wave of new opportunities depends largely on how much control they can get, according…

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All Global Sustainability is Local

Thursday, January 2, 2020
China country side, trees on mountains.

In a Nature cover story, Jianguo “Jack” Liu and MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, or CSIS, members use groundbreaking methods to discover sustainability, like politics, is…

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Transformative Change Can Save Humans and Nature

Friday, December 13, 2019

The survival of Earth’s life is not a battle of humans versus nature. In this week’s Science a sweeping assessment of nature, concluding victory needs both humans and…

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MSU Scientists Contributors to UN Sustainability Report

Thursday, May 9, 2019
MSU F&W scientists contributors to UN sustainability report

Two MSU sustainability scientists contributed to a landmark United Nations report which finds an unprecedented biodiversity loss, and calls for transformative changes to balance nature conservation and economic…

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Energy Stealthily Hitches Ride in Global Trade

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Global Trade, virtual energy, China

Fulfilling the world’s growing energy needs summons images of oil pipelines, electric wires and truckloads of coal, but Michigan State University scientists show a lot of energy moves…

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