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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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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 Biosphere we created: 1700 to 2000

August 5, 2010 - 10:41 am
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“So how did the biosphere become anthropogenic anyway?” asked an astute audience member at my 2007 AGU presentation (powerpoint). I had just given a presentation on my work with Navin Ramankutty demonstrating that human populations …

An early history of rice

July 26, 2010 - 11:35 am
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When did rice change the planet? Rice is the most important food crop on earth, feeding more than half of all humans. Most is produced in Asia in the flooded paddy systems that form the …

On observing human nature

July 19, 2010 - 10:47 am
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Ecologists are studying the least human parts of the most human ecosystems and the most human parts of the wildest ecosystems while favoring the Temperate zone over the Tropics (Nature News Article by Zoë Corbyn: …

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 …

Used biosphere for sale (looks good on paper)

May 19, 2010 - 6:50 pm