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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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China’s villages are changing the world

January 8, 2010 - 8:35 pm
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If you still think of rural China as remote, traditional, and unchanged for millennia, think again. China’s ancient village landscapes are among the most dynamic and densely populated on Earth, with a global extent more …

Inconvenient food for thought

December 14, 2009 - 8:35 pm
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“How do we feed a growing world without destroying the planet?” asks Jon Foley’s new 3 minute video (see below).
It’s a great question. To get enough food for our existing billions, we already use about …

Looking Back at the Cradle in the Rear-view Mirror

October 6, 2009 - 9:56 am
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Are humans pushing earth systems towards environmental catastrophe? Or are we just worrying needlessly about the novel state of the earth that we have now created? Or both?
In a Nature Feature entitled “A safe operating …

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 …

Save the planet? From who?

May 8, 2009 - 3:05 pm
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Millennia ago, our species reshaped the ecology of this planet and we have continued to reshape it ever more rapidly and intensively ever since. Today, we directly use or alter nearly all of earth’s terrestrial …

Globalization is good for the biosphere

March 21, 2009 - 1:20 pm
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Finally some good news about global change: globalization is making us cooperate! This is no minor discovery. Poverty, global warming, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss- all of these will only be solved when all of …

What is a human habitat?

March 13, 2009 - 6:50 pm
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by Jonathan Dandois
Here is an open question to the group and readers:
Is there a typical human habitat, and if so, what does it look like?
More than likely, there is a distribution of different habitat types …

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 …

You CAN get there from here

January 28, 2009 - 1:55 pm
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A new global “accessibility” map further demonstrates that humans now have easy access to almost all of Earth’s land. Using global data for roads and other transportation systems, researchers at the European Commission and the …