Ever since the Limits to Growth book in 1971, Earth scientists have theorized that the day would come when humanity would reach some sort of planetary capacity, yet for decades prophesies of doom never materialized.  With new capabilities of global monitoring, multiple lines of evidence are now suggesting that this biospheric carrying capacity may be on the horizon. This talk will try to weave multiple lines of evidence from climatology, hydrology, ecology, economics and politics into an assessment of where we are in sustainability of the biosphere. Management of the global carbon cycle will get interesting in the future.

Speaker: Steven Running, University of Montana

Title: A New Role for Earth Science: The Carbon Cop

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Place: Center for Creative Photography Auditorium

Sponsored by:

The Institute of Environment, Biosphere 2, and the School of Natural Resources & the Environment