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Watch Ken Caldeira address climate change on Fox News. more »

Forbes discusses the letter Ken Caldeira and others wrote embracing nuclear energy to help combat global warming. more »

Times-Herald Interview with Greg Asner About the Ecological Crisis in the Amazon. more »

National Geographic quotes Greg Asner about gold mining in Peru 10-28-13 more »

Luis Fernandez's work on mercury pollution in Peru is covered by the Huffington Post. more »

Ken Caldiera and Chris Field are quoted in the Washington Post about geoengineering research. more »

Read Chris Field's special to CNN about climate change. more »

 

Recent News

Studying crops, from outer space

Plants convert energy from sunlight into chemical energy during a process called photosynthesis. This energy is passed on to humans and animals that eat the plants, and thus photosynthesis is the primary source of energy for all life on Earth. But the photosynthetic activity of various regions is changing due to human interaction with the environment, including climate change, which makes large-scale studies of photosynthetic activity of interest. New research from a team including DGE’s Joe Berry reveals a fundamentally new approach for measuring photosynthetic activity as it occurs around the planet. It is published this week by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. more »

Amazon’s canopy chemistry is a patchwork quilt

In many ways, plants act as chemical factories, using energy from sunlight to produce carbon-based energy and taking nutrients from the soil in order to synthesize a wide variety of products. Greg Asner asked the question: How much does the portfolio of chemicals generated by plants vary, depending on the surrounding environment, and what can this tell us about how we interact with forests? The answer involved climbing into the Amazonian canopy, resulting in the discovery that the forest's chemical portfolios form a rich mosaic that varies with elevation and soil content. Their work is published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 3. more »

Chris Field Receives BBVA Climate Change Award

Christopher Field, the founding director of Department of Global Ecology and co-chair of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II, has been awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change, “for discovering the importance of ecosystems and their effective management in the battle against climate change. Field’s work has allowed us to quantify the global climate impact of deforestation, agriculture and other changes in vegetation cover…and… has helped predict how climate change will impact on land ecosystems.” more »

Forest monitoring: bringing the power to the people

Forest conservation is an issue of major concern to communities large and small around the globe. But gathering the monitoring data needed to make the right decisions has proven extremely prohibitive for individuals to entire governments. DGE’s Greg Asner is hoping to change that by making advanced forest monitoring tools available to the public, free of charge, and putting the power to monitor forests directly into the hands of people around the world. more »