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  • Spatial pattern of SDG Index scores in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 for 31 Chinese provinces.

    All global sustainability is local

    Published on January 1, 2020

    In a Nature cover story, Jianguo "Jack" Liu and CSIS members use groundbreaking methods to discover sustainability, like politics, is local

  • Jianguo

    MSU a player in year’s top scientific discoveries

    Published on December 3, 2019

    Sustainability scholar Jianguo “Jack” Liu and FW assistant professor Andrés Viña were authors for a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services that ranked as one of the year's top science discoveries.

  • Graphic depiction of person outside a network

    Assigning workers to new networks boosts sustainability

    Published on October 17, 2019

    Innovation comes from people in different units who have new knowledge, and a new study about conservation organizations suggests encouraging employees to think and act outside network boxes from time to time.

  • Wolong Nature Reserve alpine landscape

    Modeling habitat that’s just right

    Published on October 14, 2019

    In this week’s Scientific Reports, Michigan State University researchers offer ways to take the guess work out of parameters.

  • Altruism -- willingness to sacrifice for a greater good -- may support pro-environment behaviors

    What would Jesus do? Quite possibly, recycle

    Published on September 23, 2019

    A team of social scientists and sustainability scientists worked to peel off the layers of understanding about how Christianity and environmentalism mix.

  • Turning data into compelling images

    Look at this data!

    Published on September 23, 2019

    Two Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability members tied for second place in a campus competition to translate data into a compelling visual.

  • Soybean farm in Virginia, Illinois

    Tariffs lead to creative supply chains

    Published on August 5, 2019

    MSU scholars apply a new, more holistic way to examine global agricultural trade to better understand what’s going on when a country as enormous as China develops a big appetite for soybeans.

  • Riparian substrate habitat, Flat River

    Scientists defend headwater protections

    Published on May 30, 2019

    Scientists, including MSU's Dana Infante, rally to put science back at the forefront of the nation's revised protections of streams and their valuable ecosystems.

  • Cusco, Peru

    Study scrutinizes global tourism’s push and pull

    Published on May 21, 2019

    Tourists have become international jetsetters, bringing the promise of prosperity, threats to the nature they come to experience and lots of questions about how to strike a balance. The key: What drives tourism?

  • The United Nations' Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

    MSU F&W scientists contributors to UN sustainability report

    Published on May 9, 2019

    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 development.

  • F&W associate professor Andrés Viña measuring a tree in the Wolong Nature Reserve.

    Grading conservation: Which reserves defend forests?

    Published on May 7, 2019

    Lands that shelter forests have value often readily tallied by developers, but until now it’s been more difficult to prove the success of protecting those forested lands in pursuit of sustainability. That can put conservationists on the defense.

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