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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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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 …

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 …

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 …

A glimpse of the future from the past

January 29, 2009 - 10:43 am

by Jonathan Dandois
It is incorrect to think that something is not possible when considering how remote sensing tools and technology can be used to improve our understanding of local, regional and global landscapes. Publications and …

How best to chill a hot planet?

January 29, 2009 - 8:34 am

Even if we manage to slash our carbon emissions, planet earth is going to get a whole lot warmer this century. But maybe we can just chill the planet! For more than a decade, Ken …

You CAN get there from here

January 28, 2009 - 1:55 pm

A new global “accessibility” map further demonstrates that humans now have easy access to almost all of Earth’s land. Using global data for roads and other transportation systems, researchers at the European Commission and the …

The Biosphere- love it or change it for the better!

January 19, 2009 - 9:48 am

The Biosphere is home to all life on Earth. Now that we humans are living in and/or using almost all of it, the future of the biosphere is in our hands.
Keeping human influence out of …

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 …