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By Arman Golrokhian

This past weekend, I and Samantha Shattuck attended the COY10 (Conference of Youth) in Lima, Peru. COY is an annual event that gathers youth from all around the world to meet and exchange their knowledge and experiences about engaging their communities in better understanding, addressing, and adapting to adverse climate change issues at regional and global scales.

Charles Darwin noted more than 150 years ago that animals on the Galapagos Islands, including finches and marine iguanas, were more docile than mainland creatures. He attributed this tameness to the fact that there are fewer predators on remote islands.

While "island tameness" is an old idea, there have been few rigorous studies of the phenomenon. Many aspects remain unclear, including the mechanisms behind it and the speed at which it evolves in island populations.

Three University of Michigan student teams representing seven schools and colleges were honored on November 15, 2014, with the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

They were among more than 70 Dow Sustainability Fellows who gathered with faculty advisers, community members and other students to showcase and discuss their research at the first annual Dow Sustainability Symposium.

The United Nations (UN) will be hosting an international conference on climate change next month in Lima, Peru. The conference is part of a series of sessions being held to prepare global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015. SNRE Student Arman Golrokhian, specializing in Sustainable Systems and international affairs, had the privilege of being invited to attend a preliminary round of negotiations in Bonn, Germany held earlier this year.

ANN ARBOR—Energy use in buildings accounts for nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated in Detroit, while exhaust from cars, trucks and buses is responsible for about 30 percent of the total, according to a new citywide inventory compiled by University of Michigan student researchers.

About 41 percent of the emissions from stationary sources—which include residential and commercial buildings, industrial processes, solid waste incineration and wastewater treatment—are produced within four ZIP codes located in the city's southwest, midtown and downtown areas.

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers will use a new $1.6 million federal grant to probe potential social and environmental links to autism, collecting location-specific information from tens of thousands of affected individuals and their families nationwide.

The National Center for Geospatial Medicine, based at U-M's School of Natural Resources and Environment, is funded through the National Institute of Mental Health for the three-year autism spectrum disorder study, which began Oct. 1.

U-M Dance Professor Jessica Fogel is no stranger to multifaceted, multidisciplinary collaborations, but when she first proposed her latest project called “Into the Wind,” even she did not anticipate it would include so many individuals, institutions and moving parts.

“‘Into the Wind’ has been one of the most wide-ranging and complex projects I’ve ever taken on in terms of the diversity of the collaborators and the cross-regional connections. There have been many strands to integrate,” Fogel said.