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Planetary Stewardship in the Anthropocene – A Dialogue with Astrobiologist David Grinspoon

This is an ongoing Q&A blog series focused on the need to embrace our common planetary citizenship. David Grinspoon is Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. His research focuses on comparative planetology, with a focus on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and implications for habitability. He has also studied, written and lectured on the […]

A Proposal for a United Nations Framework Convention on Population Growth

Introduction Recently, an international assembly of scientists from 184 countries endorsed an article published in the journal Bioscience entitled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice”. As the warning states, “We are jeopardizing our future by not reining in our intense but geographically and demographically uneven material consumption and by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as […]

Population Stabilization and Planetary Stewardship at 2015 ESA Annual Meeting

August 13, 2015 | 8-11:00 AM (EDT) | Baltimore, MD | 2015 ESA Annual Meeting Organizer: Karin E. Limburg | Co-organizer: Jonathan J. Cole | Moderator: William H. Schlesinger “Good stewardship of the planet requires guaranteeing the survival and health of remaining wildlife and natural ecosystems and repairing past damage to nature where possible, while improving people’s quality of life […]

Population Stabilization and Planetary Stewardship at 2015 ESA Annual Meeting

August 13, 2015 | 8-11:00 AM (EDT) | Baltimore, MD | 2015 ESA Annual Meeting Organizer: Karin E. Limburg Co-organizer: Jonathan J. Cole Moderator: William H. Schlesinger “Good stewardship of the planet requires guaranteeing the survival and health of remaining wildlife and natural ecosystems and repairing past damage to nature where possible, while improving people’s […]

Earth vs. The Amoeba

Earth Day Talk, Stockholm Wisconsin, April 22, 2019 We have many narratives about our culture; -that we are God’s children; that we are clever and industrious and headed to the stars; that we will continue to grow our economy throughout the coming century leading to a world of material abundance for all humans, etc.  All […]

Earth vs. The Amoeba

Earth Day Talk, Stockholm Wisconsin, April 22, 2019 We have many narratives about our culture; -that we are God’s children; that we are clever and industrious and headed to the stars; that we will continue to grow our economy throughout the coming century leading to a world of material abundance for all humans, etc.  All […]

The Triad of Furies Human- Overpopulation, Immigration and Reproductive Rights

This is an abridged version. Read the full piece here. In ancient Greek mythology, the Erinyes, also called the Furies, were three divine beings tasked with keeping a watchful eye on the demeanour shown by humanity. One way they did this was by listening to grievances from other mortals, to swiftly deliver judgment and torment […]

The thin green line: Scientists must do more to limit the toll of burgeoning infrastructure on nature and society

This blog was originally published in The Ecological Citizen  Given its wide-ranging and transformative impacts, the global explosion of built infrastructure is arguably the most urgent environmental threat today (Laurance et al., 2014; Laurance and Arrea, 2017; Laurance, 2018b). This tsunami of infrastructure has many contributing factors, including human overpopulation and the short-term thinking that […]

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