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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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Naturalism in the Anthropocene

August 25, 2011 – 7:58 pm
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What happens when a talented science writer brings together a diverse group of ecologists and conservationists chasing a new vision of nature? If that writer is Emma Marris, the answer is: Rambunctious Garden– a new …

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 …

Getting in touch with your human ecosystem

January 31, 2010 – 4:10 pm
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Do you feel uneasy? Maybe your local ecosystem has taken a turn for the worse. According to ecopsycology, we humans suffer profound discomfort when our habitat feels like it is being degraded. As discussed in …

Whole Earth Manifesto (a review of Whole Earth Discipline)

January 25, 2010 – 10:52 am
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“Cities are green. Nuclear energy is green. Genetic engineering is green. (Brand 2009).” In 1968 Stewart Brand‘s Whole Earth Catalog was embraced by a generation trying to get back to the country, get off the …

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 …

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 …

The tortoise and the hummer (and the nano!)

July 17, 2009 – 10:04 pm
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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 …

Save the planet? From who?

May 8, 2009 – 3:05 pm
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Millennia ago, our species reshaped the ecology of this planet and we have continued to reshape it ever more rapidly and intensively ever since. Today, we directly use or alter nearly all of earth’s terrestrial …