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Anthromes, Ecosystems »

[31 Jan 2010 | 1 Comments]

Do you feel uneasy?  Maybe your local ecosystem has taken a turn for the worse.  According to ecopsycology, we humans suffer profound discomfort when our habitat feels like it is being degraded.  As discussed in an article in this week’s NY times magazine.  Ecopsychology&nb...; [More]

Anthromes, Land use »

[29 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments]

People are everywhere these days, but if you really want to “get away from it all” , the remotest place on Earth, aside from Antarctica, turns out to be Tibet.  This from a New Scientist article (and related blog post) that explores travel times in the global accessibility map we... [More]

Global Change, Sustainability »

[25 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments]

“Cities are green. Nuclear energy is green. Genetic engineering is green. (Brand 2009).” In 1968 Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog was embraced by a generation trying to get back to the country, get off the grid, and grow their own. Now it’s 2010, and the quote above, from ... [More]

Global Change, Land use »

[8 Jan 2010 | 0 Comments]

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 than twice that all of Earth’s cities combined (2.5 million ... [More]

Global Change, Land use, Methods, Sustainability »

[18 Dec 2009 | 0 Comments]

With carbon, climate and COP 15 in the news, Google and Microsoft are now battling over carbon mindshare, introducing the latest web-based “Carbonware” designed to help combat carbon emissions and global warming.  These add to a growing list that includes the many “carbon fo... [More]

Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

[14 Dec 2009 | 1 Comments]

"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 40% of Earth’s ice-free land to produce crops and livestock.&nb...; [More]

Featured, Global Change, Sustainability »

[8 Dec 2009 | 6 Comments]

Our planet is heating up in a hurry!  Call in the Earth doctors!  Let’s fix the planet!   Now that we’ve pushed Earth systems out of the comfort zone, Earth and environmental scientists are increasingly being called on to address the big questions that affect all of us... [More]

Global Change »

[15 Nov 2009 | 0 Comments]

Do not ask for whom China’s carbon burns, it burns for you!  A new article in press at Energy Policy by Lin and Sun assesses the extent of carbon emitted to the atmosphere in China because of exports produced for consumption by other nations.  While the exact contributions by expor... [More]