Sept. 4, 2020

An international group of sustainability scientists work to understand the most effective targets at which to aim to enabling leaders in government, business, civil society and academia to spark transformative changes towards a more just and sustainable world. The work appears in the British journal People and Nature.

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Jan. 1, 2020

Nations across the world are following a United Nations blueprint to build a more sustainable future – but a new study shows that blueprint leads less to a castle in the sky, and more to a house that needs constant remodeling.

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May 20, 2020

A new book brings together leading experts on telecoupling and land-use.

Telecoupling -- Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World presents a comprehensive exploration of the emerging concept and framework of telecoupling and how it can help create a better understanding of land-use change in a globalised world.

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Dec. 10, 2019

The social and environmental costs of wildfires have grown dramatically in recent decades, and more information is needed to understand how communities can better organize in the face of this growing hazard, scientists have found.

Now, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation's Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2) program are exploring the potential for adaptive social networks in fire-prone regions to improve communities' ability to cope with increasingly large and intense wildfires.

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Nov. 29, 2018

Since 1977, the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA)’s annual three-month Young Scientists Summer Program offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with the institute’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic, and social change. 

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Sept. 24, 2018

A toxic red tide, or harmful algae bloom, is killing swaths of marine life and affecting the health of people living along Florida's southwest coast. Nationwide, harmful algae blooms cost an estimated $50 million each year. Excess nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus flowing downstream act as fertilizer, sparking these blooms in waterbodies such as the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Erie and Chesapeake Bay.

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July 26, 2018

Ecologists and evolutionary biologist have strived to understand the abundance and distribution of species – a key component needed for management and conservation. A special issue of the journal Remote Sensing is inviting manuscript submissions to advance the study of wildlife occurrence and distribution.

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May 9, 2018

Trees falling as fragile forests become cropland is a visual shorthand for the environmental costs exporting countries pay to meet lucrative global demands for food. Yet a new study reveals a counterintuitive truth: Importing food also damages homeland ecology.

In this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and their colleagues show that the decisions domestic farmers must make as imported food changes the crop market can damage the environment.

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May 7, 2018

The Mountain Sentinels collaborative network is working to understand the most important activities and the most significant barriers to success common across collaborative research projects worldwide. The group has developed a survey to gather insights from both researchers and practitioners with collaborative experience across all systems (not just mountains). 

The survey is offered in English, Spanish, Chinese and soon, French. It is estimated that the survey will take approximately 20 minutes.

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Sept. 12, 2017

Delta: A place where sediment carried downstream by a river enters the sea, forming a fan of sand or mud.

Although deltas make up just 1 percent of the world's land, they're home to more than half a billion people -- and to fertile ecosystems such as mangroves and marshes. Deltas also serve as economic hotspots. They support much of the world's fisheries and forest products, and are major food production areas for many nations.

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