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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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Rocking the Anthropocene

June 4, 2011 – 12:59 am
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If media attention is any measure of popular thinking- then we have indeed finally arrived in the Anthropocene. Thanks to the leadership (and hard work) of Jan Zalasiewicz, who initiated and convened the Anthropocene Working …

Anthropocene is forever

March 26, 2011 – 4:20 pm
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“Global warming is essentially forever.” states David Archer in a nice blog post at fast company about the long-term effects of our current carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Yet more evidence that the Anthropocene is …

Brave new biosphere

November 9, 2010 – 1:31 pm
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What kind of biosphere do you want? Great question! And great to see it connected with beautiful prize-winning graphics at visualizing.org. But on thinking further, it seems clearer than ever that the inspiration behind this- …

Botkin’s biosphere: ahead of its time

August 19, 2010 – 12:57 am
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“We cannot expect nature to remain in a constant condition and thus provide us with a simple solution to the questions of what is “natural” and what is desirable.” (Botkin 1990, p 181) . Just …

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 …

Cyborg Planet: where the clouds twitter and the forests all have facebook

March 26, 2010 – 4:34 pm

Now that we’re busy hacking the planet, we need all the help we can get. We humans are pretty good at solving complex problems like choosing the next move in chess- better than most machines. …

Carbonware: Googling forests, Windows on your carbon

December 18, 2009 – 7:36 pm
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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 …

On Doctoring the Planet

December 8, 2009 – 10:49 am
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Our planet is heating up in a hurry! Call in the Earth doctors! Let’s fix the planet!
Now that we’ve pushed Earth systems out of the comfort zone, Earth and environmental scientists are increasingly being called …

China is burning (carbon) for you

November 15, 2009 – 4:43 pm
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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 …

Looking Back at the Cradle in the Rear-view Mirror

October 6, 2009 – 9:56 am
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Are humans pushing earth systems towards environmental catastrophe? Or are we just worrying needlessly about the novel state of the earth that we have now created? Or both?
In a Nature Feature entitled “A safe operating …