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Anthromes, Ecosystems, Land use »

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 1 Comments

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 that humans occupy at a global, regional, and even local levels, but perhaps there are some common patterns. ...; [More]

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Anthromes, Global Change, Land use »

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | 1 Comments

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 World Bank developed a map of access time, in min... [More]

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Anthromes, Global Change, Land use »

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | 1 Comments

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 burning of forests.  Now, researchers, led by Richard Nevle and ... [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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Anthromes, Ecosystems, Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 | 0 Comments

At last!  After nearly one year online, my paper with Navin Ramankutty introducing Anthropogenic Biomes (Anthromes), is now in print in the October issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  Even better, it is on the cover! The paper can be viewed online (with permission) at ... [More]

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Anthromes, Global Change »

Sunday, August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Here is an interview about my work with anthropogenic biomes and opinions about sustainable management of the environment: http://knowledge.allianz.com/en/globalissues/demographic_change/urbanization/transforming_earth_nature_population_anthropogenic_biomes.html The reporter, Thil... [More]

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Anthromes »

Sunday, August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Appropriately enough, I'm going to begin with a thought that pushed me to start this blog, which I recorded on the morning of August 8, during the Ecological Society of America annual meetings in Milwaukee.  I was taking a break from the conference and reading an article in the New Yorker a... [More]