June 30, 2012

Vincent Ostrom,  founding director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis based at Indiana University and the Arthur F. Bentley Professor Emeritus of Political Science, died Friday. He was 92. His wife, Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Science, died June 12.

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June 28, 2012

The MacArthur Foundation recently approved a $500,000 grant to support improving the scientific understanding of water and fisheries resource use in the Tonle Sap region of Cambodia. CHANS-Net member Les Kaufman, lead PI and Boston University professor of biology, sees the grant enhancing the growing study of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS).

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June 20, 2012

The ancient reserves of methane gas seeping from the melting Arctic ice cap told CHANS-Net member Jeff Chanton and fellow researchers what they already knew: As the permafrost thaws, there is a release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that causes climate warming.

The trick was figuring out how much, said Chanton, the John W. Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University.

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June 18, 2012

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June 15, 2012

Ten exceptional junior scholars studying coupled human and natural systems will have a unique opportunity to interact and network with scientific thought leaders at the 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December as part of the CHANS Fellows program.

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June 11, 2012

Although it’s long been suspected that human activity has greatly contributed to environmental stress, it’s only recently that science has begun to show just how great a role that activity is playing.

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June 7, 2012

Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 17 prominent ecologists, including a CHANS-Net member, are calling for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which is compromising nature's ability to provide goods and services essential for human well-being.

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June 4, 2012

Early human activity has left a greater footprint on today's ecosystem than previously thought, says a CHANS-Net scientist working with colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh and in the multidisciplinary Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, created by the National Science Foundation to investigate ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales. Highlighted in the June issue of BioScience, the study shows how historic human actions caused changes in nature that continue to reverberate throughout present-day ecosystems.

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May 29, 2012

Two journals have issued calls for papers for upcoming special issues focusing on wetlands, sustainability and risk analysis.

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May 25, 2012

CHANS-Net member Matteo Convertino, of the University of Florida and the Risk and Decision Science Team of the Engineering R&D Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is looking for potential collaborators for a symposium he has proposed at the Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Dec. 9-12 in San Francisco.

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