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Christopher X J. Jensen
Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

Lee Alan Dugatkin blesses Slate with a piece on Kropotkin

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 / Leave a Comment

Slate “The Russian Anarchist Prince Who Challenged Evolution” I really appreciate the fact that Dugatkin uses Kropotkin to bring to light that Darwinian evolution has been — even in the time and work of Darwin — a process that was imagined to involve both competition and cooperation. Only in recent times has evolution become synonymous […]

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National Geographic on the yartsa gunbu bubble

Posted on 23 Aug 2012 / Leave a Comment

National Geographic “Tibetan Gold” This story encapsulates a whole host of unsustainable human behaviors: First, we have people over-harvesting an ecological product in a manner that risks its collapse; Second, the over-harvesting is driven by a cultural superstition that has spread without any real basis in fact; and Third, the entire over-valuation of these parasite-infested-worms is […]

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HOME, a documentary about the impacted Biosphere

Posted on 18 Sep 2011 / Leave a Comment

I just watched the video Home, a production of Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his Good Planet Foundation. Composed solely of high-quality panoramic images intensified by a soaring new-age soundtrack, the film provides viewers with a fairly comprehensive overview of the earth’s ecosystems and the challenges to the future health of these ecosystems posed by human industry. […]

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Understanding biome-level response to climate change

Posted on 19 May 2010 / Leave a Comment

This month’s Scientific American contains a great article (“Arctic Plants Feel the Heat“) on how scientists are documenting climate change in the Arctic. Focusing on the two dominant biomes of this region, the tundra and the taiga, author Matthew Sturm explains how three sources of data are allowing us to see recent changes linked to […]

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