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Thomas Dietz is a professor of Sociology, Environmental Science & Policy and Animal Studies, and serves as assistant vice president for environmental research at Michigan State University. At MSU, he was founding director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program. His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change, environmental values, and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues.

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Lin Ostrom led a revolution in our understanding of how society can govern our natural resources. Around the globe, millions of humans and countless members of other species benefit from her ideas on how to manage ecosystems. Sadly, Lin passed away on June 12, 2012, at the age of 78. Her husband, friend, and close […]

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Albert Einstein, to his death, could never accept the probabilistic underpinnings and uncertainties of quantum mechanics. In a letter to Max Born in 1926 he wrote, “I am convinced that God does not play dice with the universe.” In the following year, at a physics conference, Niels Bohr admonished Einstein to stop telling God what […]

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Global warming is unequivocal and is largely caused by human action. Substantial disruption to coupled human and natural systems is underway, producing serious threats to people and ecosystems around the globe. There is wide agreement that if we move beyond a guardrail of about 3.6° F (2° C) of global average warming, we enter a […]

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