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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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Articles by Erle Ellis

Kindle DX: Not ready for Academic users

June 15, 2009 - 6:21 pm

I ‘m a professor of environmental science at UMBC and have been experimenting with Amazon’s Kindle DX since Friday (June 12, 2009). When the Kindle DX was first announced in May, I was very excited …

Save the planet? From who?

May 8, 2009 - 3:05 pm

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 …

Globalization is good for the biosphere

March 21, 2009 - 1:20 pm
full IPGRI gathering in hills

Finally some good news about global change: globalization is making us cooperate! This is no minor discovery. Poverty, global warming, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss- all of these will only be solved when all of …

Be your own eye in the sky

March 13, 2009 - 10:18 pm

Now you can be your own remote sensing platform on the cheap - in 3D! Microsoft’s Photosynth application (installs in your browser) allows anyone to combine pictures taken from any angle from the ground or …

What is a human habitat?

March 13, 2009 - 6:50 pm

by Jonathan Dandois
Here is an open question to the group and readers:
Is there a typical human habitat, and if so, what does it look like?
More than likely, there is a distribution of different habitat types …

A New Wetlands Map for China

March 13, 2009 - 12:41 pm

by Diann Prosser
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has recently released the first comprehensive digital map of wetlands across China, based on remote sensing imagery. The effort was led by PengGong, of CAS Institute …

Our landscapes are reflected in the clouds

March 11, 2009 - 11:28 am

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 …

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 …

R is for statistics R*evolution

February 4, 2009 - 8:30 pm

R software is creating an open-source statistics revolution. It is powerful, easy to use, popular and free! And it just keeps get better all the time! In many ways, it has already surpassed what can …