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Frontiers in the Environment

Date: 10/17/2012

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: R380 Twin Cities,St. Paul,Vocational-Technical Education

Cost: Free


October 17 – From Muscles to Molecules: A Revolution in the Earth System
Lewis Gilbert, Institute on the Environment

Imagine what Earth looks like from beyond our planet's boundaries. Imagine that you could have watched the evolution of our whole planet over the past 1,000 years or so from a distance sufficient to see the planet as a whole. This framework would extend our current perspective by embedding earthly activities in the context of at least the solar system. From this perspective, individual intentionality would disappear, and the outcomes of collective human activities would become central. It would be like the difference between watching the ant colony and watching individual ants. By zooming out, we could observe how a single species came to dominate many aspects of the planetary system and how the carbon dioxide content of Earth's atmosphere recently started rising rapidly.


  • Name: Jillian Stein Lipset
  • E-mail: stein482@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-1202
  • Sponsored by: Institute on the Environment

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