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Ecosystems, Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

Friday, January 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 tropical forests. But what about the rest of tropical forests- the... [More]

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Global Change, Land use »

Thursday, January 29, 2009 | 1 Comments

It is incorrect to think that something is not possible when considering how remote sensing tools and technology can be used to improve our understanding of local, regional and global landscapes.  Publications and texts from just 15 years ago assert that remote sensing technology was not being ... [More]

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Global Change »

Thursday, January 29, 2009 | 3 Comments

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 Caldeira and many others have been discussing geoengineering solutions to global warming by cooling the plane... [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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Ecosystems, Global Change »

Monday, January 19, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Biosphere is home to all life on Earth.  Now that we humans are living in and/or using almost all of it, the future of the biosphere is in our hands.  Keeping human influence out of the biosphere is no longer a relevant conservation strategy.  At this point in history, the only ... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Friday, January 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

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 ways to do this- by reducing our energy use (driving a fuel efficient&... [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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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]