Oct. 17, 2012

CHANS-Net has organized a series of events at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco, Dec. 3-7, 2012. The events will bring together CHANS-Net members, including investigators supported by the National Science Foundation’s program in Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH). A main goal of these annual events is to engage with scholarly communities to demonstrate the value of the coupled systems approach, so others are very much welcome to participate.

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Oct. 8, 2012

Expanding production of palm oil, a common ingredient in processed foods, soaps and personal care products, is driving rainforest destruction and massive carbon dioxide emissions, according to a project led by a CHANS-Net researcher.

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Oct. 3, 2012

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program announced funding for 18 new projects in 2012; total funding for the awards is $17.6 million.

Research funded by CNH awards aims to provide a better understanding of natural processes and cycles and of human behavior and decisions -- and how and where they intersect.

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Oct. 2, 2012

Combine the tree-ring growth record with historic information, climate records and computer-model projections of future climate trends, and it's a grim picture for the future of trees in the southwestern United States. That's the word from a team of CHANS-Net scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Arizona, and several other partner organizations.

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Sept. 28, 2012

A study published in Science magazine and co-authored by CHANS-Net researchers at the Bren School Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) and their colleagues confirms suspicions that thousands of "data-poor" fisheries, representing some 80 percent of the world's fisheries, are in decline but could recover with proper management.

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Sept. 24, 2012

It's called mile-a-minute weed or "forest killer." Mikania micrantha is an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment.

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Sept. 4, 2012

The revelation that tigers and people are sharing exactly the same space – such as the same roads and trails – of Chitwan National Park flies in the face of long-held convictions in tiger conservation circles. It also underscores how successful conservation efforts need sciences that takes into account both nature and humans.

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Aug. 23, 2012

A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Ariz., led by a CHANS-Net member, suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wildlands offer birds "mini refuges," helping to offset the loss of biodiversity in cities and supporting birds better than traditional grass lawns and non-native plantings.

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Aug. 7, 2012

To protect a dangerous and endangered animal -- be it a tiger in Nepal or a wolf in Michigan -- you really do have to ask people “how do you FEEL about your predatory neighbor?”

Effective conservation calls for not only figuring out what protected species need – like habitat and food sources. It also requires an understanding of what it takes for their human neighbors to tolerate them. A Michigan State University doctoral student studying tigers in Nepal found that those feelings can provide critical information on how best to protect species.

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July 30, 2012

Nothing inspires environmentalism quite like a smog-filled sky or a contaminated river, according to a new study that also indicates that environmentalism isn’t just for the prosperous.

People living in China’s cities who say they’ve been exposed to environmental harm are more likely to be green: re-using their plastic grocery bags or recycling. Moreover, the study, published this week in the international journal AMBIO, indicates that the poor would sacrifice economic gain to protect their environment.

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