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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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Methods, Sustainability »

Friday, December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

As the fate of the Earth system becomes ever more intertwined with human systems, “thinking in systems” has become more essential than ever.  I've read books on systems theory (e.g. Allen & Hoekstra 1993), but a refresher is always good, so when I came across Thinking in Systems... [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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Ecosystems, Global Change, Sustainability »

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 1 Comments

“We cannot expect nature to remain in a constant condition and thus provide us with a simple solution to the questions of what is “natural” and what is desirable.”  (Botkin 1990, p 181) .  Just one of many great thoughts in Daniel Botkin’s 1990 classic: Discor... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Friday, March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Now that we’re busy hacking the planet, we need all the help we can get.  We humans are pretty good at solving complex problems like choosing the next move in chess- better than most machines.  But as Gary Kasparov notes in Clive Thompson’s Wired piece on the Cyborg Advantage, ... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 6 Comments

Our planet is heating up in a hurry!  Call in the Earth doctors!  Let’s fix the planet!   Now that we’ve pushed Earth systems out of the comfort zone, Earth and environmental scientists are increasingly being called on to address the big questions that affect all of us, ... [More]

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Global Change, Sustainability »

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 | 3 Comments

Are humans pushing earth systems towards environmental catastrophe?  Or are we just worrying needlessly about the novel state of the earth that we have now created?  Or both? In a Nature Feature entitled “A safe operating space for humanity” a team of scientists affiliated wit... [More]