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Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

China's explosive economic growth has awed the world, and is now felt in every corner of the Earth.  As a result, earth systems are being changed at unprecedented rates, while bringing more people into a modern lifestyle than ever before. While we normally perceive these changes in te... [More]

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Land use, Ecosystems, Sustainability »

Saturday, December 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

China's Yangtze Delta (also known as the Tai Lake Region) is home to some of the world's most ancient anthropogenic landscapes.  Rice was likely domesticated here 8,500 years ago, and the region's nickname "land of fish and rice" sums up it's long history of ... [More]

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Anthromes, Global Change, Land use »

Thursday, December 25, 2008 | 0 Comments

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 last week's annual meeting ... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Sunday, December 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

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 my new year's message:  And here are the 100 words:"In 2009, the world ... [More]