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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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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 …

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 …

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. …