Latest Jianguo Liu Stories

2009-07-08 16:30:25

A U.S. study suggests people are more likely to become involved in conservation programs if their neighbors are also involved. Michigan State University Professor Jianguo Liu said his study is the first to look at social norms in the context of China's conservation efforts. The study focused on a mammoth government initiative called Grain-to-Green that pays Chinese farmers to convert cropland back to forest. Liu said while money is a key factor in whether people sign up for the voluntary...

2008-07-09 12:00:00

A U.S. study shows two of the world's largest environmental programs are in China and they might become models for the rest of the world. Michigan State University Professor Jianguo Liu and colleagues reviewed the two Chinese projects -- the Natural Forest Conservation and the Grain to Green programs. While finding both, with a governmental investment of more than $72 billion, have been generally successful, the scientists said key reforms could transform them into world models. The two...

2007-12-03 19:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Divorce can be bad for the environment. In countries around the world divorce rates have been rising, and each time a family dissolves the result is two new households. "A married household actually uses resources more efficiently than a divorced household," said Jianguo Liu, an ecologist at Michigan State University whose analysis of the environmental impact of divorce appears in this week's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More households...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.