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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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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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Ecosystems, Global Change »

Monday, January 19, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Biosphere is home to all life on Earth.  Now that we humans are living in and/or using almost all of it, the future of the biosphere is in our hands.  Keeping human influence out of the biosphere is no longer a relevant conservation strategy.  At this point in history, the only ... [More]

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Ecosystems, Land use »

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | 3 Comments

Humans have been using fire since prehistory- indeed, it is one of our defining characteristics -distinguishing us from all other species. There is little doubt that burning of forests to attract game and later, to clear land for agriculture have had long-term global impacts on climate and... [More]