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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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The costs of carbon

January 16, 2009 – 9:44 am
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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 …

Campfires degrade local ecosystems

January 14, 2009 – 12:06 pm
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Humans have been using fire since prehistory- indeed, it is one of our defining characteristics -distinguishing us from all other species.
There is little doubt that burning of forests to attract game and later, to clear …

China’s rural revolution

December 30, 2008 – 1:34 pm
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China’s explosive economic growth has awed the world, and is now felt in every corner of the Earth. As a result, earth systems are being changed at unprecedented rates, while bringing more people into a …

Dynamics of village change in China’s Yangtze Delta (new publication)

December 27, 2008 – 12:42 pm
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 China’s Yangtze Delta (also known as the Tai Lake Region) is home to some of the world’s most ancient anthropogenic landscapes. Rice was likely domesticated here 8,500 years ago, and the region’s nickname “land of …

Beyond good intentions: let’s think globally!

December 21, 2008 – 8:28 pm

A couple weeks ago, I was invited by UMBC to provide a new year’s message to the world, in 100 words, prefaced with “In 2009, the world should resolve to…”
Here is the video version of …

Is managing global climate now our duty?

August 26, 2008 – 10:07 am

We live in interesting times. We’ve now realized that our activities are changing global climate and thereby harming both ourselves and the rest of the biosphere. And we are begining to do something about it. …

The Earth We Created – an interview

August 18, 2008 – 1:37 am

Here is an interview about my work with anthropogenic biomes and opinions about sustainable management of the environment:
http://knowledge.allianz.com/search.cfm?156/the-environmental-impact-of-population-growth
The reporter, Thilo Kunzemann, of Allianz Knowledge, did a great job by asking me some hard questions- they …