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November 11, 2015 – 9:45 am

Why did behaviorally modern humans and no other multicellular species in the history of the Earth gain the capacity to transform an entire planet? Biology alone cannot explain this – Homo sapiens is just another …

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Our landscapes are reflected in the clouds

March 11, 2009 – 11:28 am
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When we change our landscapes, we change the clouds above and thereby climate – this from new evidence just published by Jingfeng Wang (Wang et al., 2009) and a team of researchers in Rafael Bras’s …

The human jungle

January 30, 2009 – 8:56 am
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Are pristine rainforests the only ones that matter? We know that forests do change as they age, developing some unique characteristics when mature, and that some species cannot live outside of large swaths of ancient …

Guns, Germs and Carbon: post-Colombian pandemics drive global cooling

January 14, 2009 – 9:22 am
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Diseases introduced by Europeans after 1492 are now known to have caused massive population declines in the Americas, and the failure of ancient agricultural systems across huge regions, many of which depended on the regular …

China’s rural revolution

December 30, 2008 – 1:34 pm
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China’s explosive economic growth has awed the world, and is now felt in every corner of the Earth. As a result, earth systems are being changed at unprecedented rates, while bringing more people into a …

Pushing back the Anthropocene at the AGU

December 25, 2008 – 5:06 pm
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The Early Anthropocene Hypothesis holds that human alteration of climate began with forest clearing and rice production more than 6 thousand years ago. Here are my personal impressions of recent work supporting this hypothesis, from …

Beyond good intentions: let’s think globally!

December 21, 2008 – 8:28 pm

A couple weeks ago, I was invited by UMBC to provide a new year’s message to the world, in 100 words, prefaced with “In 2009, the world should resolve to…”
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Biofuels and other grand failures of thinking locally

October 15, 2008 – 1:50 am
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Biofuels started off with such good intentions – energy self-sufficiency, reversing global warming and being green. Yet biofuels are now being blamed for creating much bigger problems than they ever would have solved. How did …