Population & Development

We're addressing challenges related to population and development as the planet approaches 9 billion people by mid-century.


NorthStar Initiative

Terra Populus

Funded by an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, TerraPop is combining historic census data with global environmental data—including land cover, land use and climate records—into a common database and disseminating it to researchers around the world.
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Global Health

Global Health & the Environment in Africa

A recent award from the U.S. Agency for International Development is supporting faculty from six U of M colleges working in Africa to build capacity for animal health. The project has the potential to unite the health and environmental sciences at the U of M into a coherent global health program.
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Bioenergy Research Team

Household Stove Change-Out

Biomass-burning household stoves used in developing countries contribute to health problems and climate change. By allowing households to switch to cleaner stoves, the program aims to reduce pollution while exploring opportunities for establishing sustainable businesses.
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Whole Village Project

Whole Village Project

The Whole Village Project aims to improve understanding of health, prosperity, education and natural resource consumption of rural Tanzanians. The team will assess practices in 240 villages; empower villagers to make improvements; check back every two years ; and share the results with local people so they can sustain improvements.
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