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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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Carbonware: Googling forests, Windows on your carbon

December 18, 2009 – 7:36 pm

With carbon, climate and COP 15 in the news, Google and Microsoft are now battling over carbon mindshare, introducing the latest web-based “Carbonware” designed to help combat carbon emissions and global warming. These add to …

China is burning (carbon) for you

November 15, 2009 – 4:43 pm

Do not ask for whom China’s carbon burns, it burns for you! A new article in press at Energy Policy by Lin and Sun assesses the extent of carbon emitted to the atmosphere in China …

Burning the biosphere before you were born

August 21, 2009 – 10:37 pm

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 …

The tortoise and the hummer (and the nano!)

July 17, 2009 – 10:04 pm

Today, the Tata Nano (Wikipedia entry), the first “people’s car” of the 21st century, rolled out of a dealership in Mumbai, hitting the streets at 56 miles per gallon (and 1300 lbs; its a 4 …

Guns, forests and carbon

July 15, 2009 – 10:43 pm

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 …

Ancient trees in Africa are eating your carbon

March 1, 2009 – 11:48 am

While you are driving to work, plume of carbon drifting lazily into the sky, do you ever wonder where all of your carbon will end up? Now, work by Simon Lewis and a large team …

A Fair Way to Solve Global Warming

February 16, 2009 – 4:29 pm

It will not be possible to solve global warming without dealing with the dramatic global and local inequalities in carbon emissions and the wealth created from them. Since the Industrial Revolution began, some people and …

The human jungle

January 30, 2009 – 8:56 am

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 …

The costs of carbon

January 16, 2009 – 9:44 am

What is the best way to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere?
We all know that reducing global warming will require reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. But there are so many …

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

January 14, 2009 – 9:22 am

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 …