• Using the Planet


    Even before the advent of agriculture, Homo sapiens kicked off an entirely new process of planetary change. Earth would never be the same. Instead of mere centuries, Erle C Ellis advances a broader view of the Anthropocene, over many millennia, and what that means for land stewardship.
  • Lessons from a simulated civilisation


    The rise and fall of the ancient Maya has
    intrigued historians and archaeologists for decades. Now, Earth-system scientists are taking a keen interest. Scott Heckbert asks: what role might environmental conditions and trade play in the growth and eventual collapse of a civilisation?

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January 14, 2014
Research increasingly crosses disciplinary boundaries and draws in outside stakeholders. Karl-Heinz Erb, Veronika Gaube and Marina Fischer-Kowalski report from two decades of experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, Austria. They advise on how to succeed in three not-so-easy steps.
December 11, 2013
Even before the advent of agriculture, Homo sapiens kicked off an entirely new process of planetary change. Earth would never be the same. Instead of mere centuries, Erle C Ellis advances a broader view of the Anthropocene, over many millennia, and what that means for land stewardship.
December 11, 2013
The rise and fall of the ancient Maya has intrigued historians and archaeologists for decades. Now, Earth-system scientists are taking a keen interest. Scott Heckbert asks: what role might environmental conditions and trade play in the growth and eventual collapse of a civilisation?
December 11, 2013
The ocean was once thought to be a bottomless resource, to be divided and used by nations and their people. Now we know better. Ruben Zondervan , Leopoldo CavaleriGerhardinger , Isabel Torres de Noronha , Mark Joseph Spalding and Oran R Young explore how to govern and protect our planet’s marine environment.  
December 11, 2013
New landmark research shows how climate has changed over the last two millennia by continental region and compared to the global average. Darrell Kaufman , Nicholas McKay , Thorsten Kiefer and Lucien von Gunten of the PAGES 2k Consortium explain the differences and commonalities, through reconstructions of temperature histories from around the world.  
December 11, 2013
Extreme heat waves cost lives and money. We’re destined to see more in the future, so better predictions of where they’re going to strike next are important. Brigitte Mueller and Sonia I Seneviratne highlight a strong link between soil moisture and heat waves that could pave the way for more accurate forecasts.  
December 11, 2013
Geologists, biologists and other scientists are no strangers to the interlinked nature of Earth’s complex adaptive systems. Now, Earth-system researchers need to consider adding social systems to their complex webs of research. Sander van der Leeuw examines how one IGBP programme is working to do so.  
August 7, 2013
Several communities that study the Earth’s land do not yet speak the same language. A new paradigm in Earth-system modelling will emerge when these communities overcome language barriers, says Eleanor Blyth .
June 19, 2013
Large urban agglomerations inevitably lead to air pollution. But despite the significant impacts on human health and climate, we lack systematic measurements of air pollution in many cities. Megan L Melamed, Tong Zhu and Liisa Jalkanen discuss a new global assessment that illuminates the knowns and unknowns.
June 19, 2013
Rising sea levels will eventually threaten many coastal cities. But a dominant focus on the long-term endgame should not unduly restrict our options to deal with the more immediate consequences of climate change, says Richard Little .
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