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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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The war with nature is over and we’ve won!

June 2, 2010 – 3:28 pm

What happens when humans finally win the war with nature and end up in charge of ecology? A question for the future? Think again. In “Peak Wood: Nature Does Impose Limits”, John Perlin describes what …

Burning the biosphere before you were born

August 21, 2009 – 10:37 pm
ruddiman_Boserup_factor

Millennia before humans discovered coal, indeed, millennia before there was civilization, Homo sapiens had discovered fire and was making extensive use of it. In a study just published by Bill Ruddiman and myself (Ruddiman and …

Guns, forests and carbon

July 15, 2009 – 10:43 pm
Israeli_Forest_Fire_(2006)

Not only do humans burn away forests to enhance their food supply, they also do it when they battle each other! Or so says a study published by Zhen Li and his colleagues this week …

Campfires degrade local ecosystems

January 14, 2009 – 12:06 pm
Lagerfeuer

Humans have been using fire since prehistory- indeed, it is one of our defining characteristics -distinguishing us from all other species.
There is little doubt that burning of forests to attract game and later, to clear …