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Global Change, Land use »

Monday, June 29, 2009 | 1 Comments

For thousands of years, humans have been changing global climate, maybe even helping us avert the next ice age, all long before the Industrial Revolution.  Interested?  Then you should read Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate by Paleoclimatologist Bill Ruddima... [More]

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Global Change, Land use »

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

When we change our landscapes, we change the clouds above and thereby climate - this from new evidence just published by Jingfeng Wang (Wang et al., 2009) and a team of researchers in Rafael Bras’s climate lab at MIT.  By observing cloud patterns and other climate parameters in defor... [More]

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Ecosystems, Global Change »

Sunday, March 1, 2009 | 2 Comments

While you are driving to work, plume of carbon drifting lazily into the sky, do you ever wonder where all of your carbon will end up?  Now, work by Simon Lewis and a large team of collaborators (Lewis et al 2009) have shown that about 1/6th of the carbon emitted annually to the atmosphere ... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Monday, February 16, 2009 | 3 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 than... [More]

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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 »

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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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]