Daedalus, Summer 1996

…portions of the land currently in crops can revert to Nature. This will not happen by itself, nor will it happen if today’s scarcity of grain transfixes us. Countering humanity’s…

Technological Trajectories and the Human Environment

JH Ausubel and HD Langford (eds). National Academy Press, Washington DC 1997 Also appeared as special issue, "The Liberation of the Environment,"DaedalusΒ 125(3):1-17, 1996.

…today’s scarcity of grain transfixes us. Countering humanity’s multiplying population and wealth to spare habitat for Nature requires never-ending research, encouraging incentives, and smart farmers.”–Paul E. Waggoner “Energy industries and…

The Great Reversal: Nature’s Chance to Restore Land and Sea

JH Ausubel. Technology in Society 22: 289–302 2000

…years. At 600m2 each, the USA increase would consume 6 million hectares, about the land area of Belgium plus the Netherlands or five Connecticuts. Globally, if everyone new builds at the

Abiotic carbon, subducted biology

…https://deepcarbon.net/rewriting-textbook-fossil-fuels Coverage here: Decade-Long Geology Project Rewrites Origins of Earth’s Methane 22 April 2019 Discover Our old friend Tommy Gold would be thrilled. A paper by Peter Barry and Co….

Update-Cardiovascular vs. Cancer

…decline in age-standardardized cancer death rates since 1990, resulting “mostly from reductions in tobacco use, increased screening allowing early detection of several cancers, and modest to large improvements in treatment

The Forester’s Lever: Industrial Ecology and Wood Products

IK Wernick, PE Waggoner, JH Ausubel. Journal of Forestry 98 (10): 8–14 2000

…drop in IOU, they could counter the 2 percent rise in population and wealth and reduce timber consumption 0.5 percent annually. Millers The past century. In equation 1, millers exert their leverage…

Resources are Elastic

JH Ausubel. Earth Matters 46–47 2000 a magazine published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Winter 1999/2000. This issue contains many of the speeches that were presented at the "State of The Planet" conference held at Columbia in the Fall of 1999.

counterpart in 1900. In the US, likely continuing fall in intensity of use of forest products should more than counter the effects of growing population and affluence, leading to an…

The ImPACT Identity

the sustainability challenge of growth (P × A), and that innovation or efficient technology that lowers T can counter rising consumption (P × A × C). Income elasticity can accommodate…