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  • 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.

  • Study scrutinizes global tourism’s push and pull

    Published on May 21, 2019

    MSU researchers are the first to analyze global tourism of 124 countries as a network using social network analysis to investigate what drives environmental and socioeconomic tourism.

  • 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)

    IMPACT: Liu, Viña 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.

  • Water in Beijing

    Diving deep into water and energy trade-offs

    Published on April 30, 2019

    Two papers by Michigan State University (MSU) scientists begin challenging a more simplistic, input/output view of natural resources in favor of a way that better reflected how the world really works.

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    Keeping SDGs from being a zero-sum game

    Published on February 4, 2019

    MSU scientists suggest new ways to tackle unexpected or unintended consequences cropping up on the way to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.