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Global Change, Sustainability »

[8 May 2009 | 7 Comments]

Millennia ago, our species reshaped the ecology of this planet and we have continued to reshape it ever more rapidly and intensively ever since.  Today, we directly use or alter nearly all of earth’s terrestrial ecosystems- the rest we alter indirectly through climate change. ... [More]

Global Change, Sustainability »

[21 Mar 2009 | 3 Comments]

Finally some good news about global change: globalization is making us cooperate!  This is no minor discovery.  Poverty, global warming, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss- all of these will only be solved when all of the people of all nations collaborate sustainably in doing ... [More]

Global Change, Sustainability »

[16 Feb 2009 | 1 Comments]

It will not be possible to solve global warming without dealing with the dramatic global and local inequalities in carbon emissions and the wealth created from them.  Since the Industrial Revolution began, some people and some nations have been pumping a lot more carbon into the atmosphere th... [More]

Ecosystems, Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

[30 Jan 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- t... [More]

Global Change, Sustainability »

[16 Jan 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 e... [More]

Global Change, Land use, Sustainability »

[30 Dec 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 ... [More]

Land use, Ecosystems, Sustainability »

[27 Dec 2008 | 3 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]

Global Change, Sustainability »

[21 Dec 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]