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Global Change, Land use »

Monday, April 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is the Anthropocene recent? Defined solely by the accelerating impacts of an industrial society that threatens the future of both humanity and the biosphere (Barnosky et al., 2012,  Rockstrom et al., 2009)? A closer look at the history of human use of land yields a very different story.  ... [More]

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Land use, Sustainability »

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Human populations grow until they overshoot their carrying capacity and collapse. Game over.  Thank you Malthus! (1798; and Ehrlich 1968). Not so fast! There’s something wrong with this story: it almost never happens.   Human populations do collapse – but not because of p... [More]

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Land use »

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 | 0 Comments

"Farming is hard work, so why do more of it?” That is what many early farmers were probably thinking when deciding between fuller bellies or keeping their long off-seasons of leisure time-- at least from the perspective of Ester Boserup. Since its 1965 release, Ester Boserup's seminal study T... [More]

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Anthromes, Global Change, Land use »

Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

"So how did the biosphere become anthropogenic anyway?” asked an astute audience member at my 2007 AGU presentation (powerpoint).  I had just given a presentation on my work with Navin Ramankutty demonstrating that human populations and their use of land have reshaped most of the terrestr... [More]

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Anthromes, Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

Monday, July 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

When did rice change the planet?  Rice is the most important food crop on earth, feeding more than half of all humans.  Most is produced in Asia in the flooded paddy systems that form the core of the most intensively-managed of all ancient agricultural anthromes, the rice villages, where i... [More]

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Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

What happens when humans finally win the war with nature and end up in charge of ecology?  A question for the future?  Think again.  In “Peak Wood: Nature Does Impose Limits”, John Perlin describes what happens when human societies, starting in prehistory, have completely ... [More]

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Anthromes, Land use »

Friday, January 29, 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]

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Global Change, Land use »

Friday, January 8, 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 km... [More]