MSU researchers put new science to the test to solve global sustainability challenges
Sustainability scholar Jianguo "Jack" Liu has been putting the award-winning telecoupling framework to the test to examine the often unseen and unaccounted for consequences, good and bad, that come with distant human-nature interaction.
March 17, 2016
Sustainability scholar, university distinguished professor and Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientist Jianguo “Jack” Liu, the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, has been putting the award-winning telecoupling framework to the test to examine the often unseen and unaccounted for consequences, good and bad, that come with distant human-nature interactions.
The telecoupling concept, introduced by Liu in 2008, allows scientists from many disciplines to examine how distant environmental and socioeconomic actions lead to reactions and feedbacks – and then to more repercussions that make a global impact.
He says that the level of global connectivity – brought by increased travel, lightning-fast communication via the internet and cell phones, vast exchanges of goods and services, and many human activities – has come with certain myopic perception of what it all means.
“More than ever in our world, supply and production is separate – often by thousands of miles – from the places that demand and consume resources,” Liu said.
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