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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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Guns, forests and carbon

July 15, 2009 - 10:43 pm
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Not only do humans burn away forests to enhance their food supply, they also do it when they battle each other! Or so says a study published by Zhen Li and his colleagues this week …

Rewriting the history of global climate change

June 29, 2009 - 8:23 pm
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For thousands of years, humans have been changing global climate, maybe even helping us avert the next ice age, all long before the Industrial Revolution. Interested? Then you should read Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How …

Our landscapes are reflected in the clouds

March 11, 2009 - 11:28 am
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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
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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
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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
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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 …

How best to chill a hot planet?

January 29, 2009 - 8:34 am
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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 …

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 …

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 …