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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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Global Change »

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is our planet now threatened by rapid global changes caused by human forcing of the terrestrial biosphere past a planetary tipping point?  Two different articles in Nature have suggested that the answer may be yes (Rockstrom et al. 2009, Barnosky et al., 2012).  Such is the question that B... [More]

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Anthromes, Ecosystems, Global Change »

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

What are we humans doing to biodiversity in the Anthropocene? Causing Earth’s sixth mass extinction? (e.g. Barnosky et al. 2011 and others).  How about something completely new to biodiversity on this planet?   How about a massive globalization of species leading to the widespre... [More]

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Global Change, Methods »

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Acting locally: no problem.  Thinking globally: big problem!  To solve global problems, we need global understanding of local change. Yet no matter how hard we try, it remains extremely difficult to think globally.  Even in a world where Earth’s entire surface is scanned daily b... [More]

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Ecosystems, Global Change »

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

What happens when a talented science writer brings together a diverse group of ecologists and conservationists chasing a new vision of nature?  If that writer is Emma Marris, the answer is: Rambunctious Garden- a new book to be released this September 1. Using her great gift for storytelling... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

If media attention is any measure of popular thinking- then we have indeed finally arrived in the Anthropocene.   Thanks to the leadership (and hard work) of Jan Zalasiewicz, who initiated and convened the Anthropocene Working Group of the International  in London two weeks ago, there... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Thursday, January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Large amounts of energy will be required to fuel economic growth, increase standards of living, and lift developing nations out of poverty.” (Brown et al., 2011; see Figure at left).    A key message from Brown et al. in their must-read empirical and theoretical summary of r... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

What kind of biosphere do you want?  Great question!  And great to see it connected with beautiful prize-winning graphics at visualizing.org.  But on thinking further, it seems clearer than ever that the inspiration behind this- the Planetary Boundaries concept, is going completely in... [More]