Tag Archives: environmental protection

Earth in 20 Years

The world will face many challenges over the coming decades, not least among them environmental challenges. On the heels of Earth Day, we asked three leading researchers at the U to answer three questions for us in their specialties of sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, and economics and ecology.

Here’s what they had to say:

Jon Foley is the director of the U’s Institute on the Environment, which discovers solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental problems. (more…)

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City of Zhenjiang, China and IBM Collaborate to Build a Smarter City

*IBM Smarter Cities Solution Helps Zhenjiang Boost Economic Development and Tourism Plans*

Armonk, NY & Zhenjiang, China – 24 Feb 2012: IBM and the City of Zhenjiang, China today announced that IBM is helping to transform the city’s public transportation system. Zhenjiang will use hardware, software, services and technologies from IBM’s Research labs, all brought together through the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities – a solution that will serve as the central point of command for the city.

Zhenjiang is a renowned historical and cultural city in the eastern People’s Republic of China (PRC), a region experiencing rapid economic growth.  Zhenjiang has an estimated population of three million people and has become an important regional transportation hub due to its location near the intersection of the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal, the longest canal in the world.  It is also considered a state model for environmental protection. (more…)

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Zoning Laws Can Help Pandas and People Live in Peace

EAST LANSING, Mich. — As the world’s biodiversity hotspots are increasingly stressed by their human neighbors, zoning is becoming a common strategy to balance environmental protection and human needs. But a recent study conducted by Michigan State University researchers shows zoning for conservation demands reality checks.

“Zoning ordinances are rarely evaluated for their ability to make positive changes using empirical data on both human and biodiversity characteristics,” said Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability at MSU. “It’s critical to examine both human and natural systems to see if ordinances are working and understand what changes might be needed.” (more…)

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Three Year Investigation of Military Munitions Sea Disposal Site Completed

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) completed a three-year long investigation of Sea Disposal Site Hawaiʻi Number 5 (HI-05), a deep-water military munitions disposal site in U.S. coastal waters approximately 5 miles south of Pearl Harbor, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi.

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