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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 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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Global Change, Sustainability »

Sunday, December 21, 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]

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Ecosystems, Global Change, Sustainability »

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 | 0 Comments

We live in interesting times.  We've now realized that our activities are changing global climate and thereby harming both ourselves and the rest of the biosphere.  And we are begining to do something about it.  International efforts are assessing and attempting to manage our climate-... [More]