Feb. 20, 2011

Ask any political leader if they are in favor of sustainability, and the pat answer is typically a resounding, “Yes.”

Evaluating its effectiveness, however, is a much trickier endeavor. Thomas Dietz, a sociology and environmental science and policy professor at Michigan State University, took steps to indentify a universal framework to evaluate sustainability at a national gathering of scientists Feb. 20.


Feb, 18, 2011

Understanding and managing how humans and nature sustainably coexist is now so sweeping and lightening fast that it’s spawning a concept unveiled today.

Meet “telecoupling.”

Joining its popular cousins telecommuting and television, telecoupling is the way Jack Liu, director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University, is describing how distance is shrinking and connections are strengthening between nature and humans.


Feb. 3, 2011

There’s a delicate, complicated dance between tigers and people in and around the Chitwan National Park in Nepal -- a dance that's duplicated across the world where wild animals and people share a backyard.

Call it the human-nature tango.


Feb. 1, 2011

Eleven up-and-coming scientists studying the relationships between human and natural systems will mine the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting this month for ideas, partnerships and inspiration as part of the CHANS Fellows program.


Jan. 11, 2011

Jianguo "Jack" Liu, principal investigator of CHANS-Net, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Liu is a Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife who holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and is director of the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. He was honored for his pioneering research that integrates ecology, various social sciences and policy to understand and achieve environmental sustainability at local, national and global scales.


Jan. 18, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The downsides of China’s explosive urbanization – like pollution and greenhouse gas emissions – now are joined by an upside: Better environmental citizens.


The CHANS community lost one of its leading scholars recently with the passing of Steve Schneider of Stanford University, a co-author of the foundational CHANS works published in Ambio and Science. A touching memoir by colleague Paul Ehrlich appears in the August 13 issue of Science.


April 17, 2009

CHANS-net hosted a special symposium on "Complexity in Human-Nature Interactions Across Landscapes" at the 2009 conference of the US-IALE (U.S. Regional Association, International Association for Landscape Ecology) April 14-16 in Snowbird, Utah.