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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 human jungle

January 30, 2009 – 8:56 am
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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 …

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 …

Guns, Germs and Carbon: post-Colombian pandemics drive global cooling

January 14, 2009 – 9:22 am
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Diseases introduced by Europeans after 1492 are now known to have caused massive population declines in the Americas, and the failure of ancient agricultural systems across huge regions, many of which depended on the regular …

Pushing back the Anthropocene at the AGU

December 25, 2008 – 5:06 pm
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The Early Anthropocene Hypothesis holds that human alteration of climate began with forest clearing and rice production more than 6 thousand years ago. Here are my personal impressions of recent work supporting this hypothesis, from …