December 2011

Dec. 5-9 The American Geophysical Union (AGU) met in San Francisco.
Dec. 4: The Carnegie Institution hosted a reception at the SF Marriott for participating scientists from the various Departments.
Dec. 5: Ken Caldeira appeared on the PBS News Hour to describe the development of tethered kites designed to harness wind energy.

The following DGE members were scheduled to present talks or posters:
Dec. 5: Geoengineering: Whiter Skies? Ben Kravitz; Douglas G. MacMynowski. POSTER; Effects of geoengineering on crop yields Julia Pongratz; David B. Lobell; Long Cao; Ken Caldeira. POSTER; IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (Invited) Christopher B. Field; Thomas F. Stocker; Vicente R. Barros; Dahe Qin; Kristie L. Ebi; Pauline M. Midgley
Dec. 6: Prospects for integrating utility-scale solar photovoltaics and industrial agriculture in the U.S. Kyla Dahlin; William Anderegg; Rebecca R. Hernandez; Nicholas Hiza; Jennifer E. Johnson; Gabriel Maltais-landry; Amelia Wolf; Naupaka B. Zimmerman. POSTER; Climate Change Impacts in the State of Delaware Carolyn Snyder
Dec. 7: Drought characteristics drive patterns in widespread aspen forest mortality across the western United States. W. Anderegg, L. Anderegg, J. Abatzoglou, J. A. Berry POSTER; Electromagnetic and chemical characterization of Arctic coastal soils. T.K. Raab, N.P. Crook and D.A. Lipson POSTER; Fast adjustment of the climate system to changes in atmospheric CO2 and solar radiation Long Cao; Ken Caldeira; Govindasamy Bala POSTER
Dec. 9:
Uncertainty Guidance for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment Report Kristie L. Ebi; Michael Mastrandrea; Katharine Mach; Christopher B. Field; Ecosystem and Food Security in a Changing Climate (Invited) Christopher B. Field























Dec. 8: Post Doc Joseph Mascaro writes “I was honored to join Emma Marris (journalist and author), Peter Kareiva (chief scientist of the Nature Conservancy) and Carnegie alumnus Erle Ellis in a full-throated defense of the Anthropocene concept, which  appears on Thursday's (12/8/2011) op-ed page of the New York Times”> The article concludes The Anthropocene does not represent the failure of environmentalism. It is the stage on which a new, more positive and forward-looking environmentalism can be built. This is the Earth we have created, and we have a duty, as a species, to protect it and manage it with love and intelligence. It is not ruined. It is beautiful still, and can be even more beautiful, if we work together and care for it.”

Dec. 31: Dear Colleagues: Helping to produce the Monthly Newsletters for the last nine years has allowed me to feel useful and connected to your important mission.  After almost 50 years of working with colleagues at the Carnegie Institution for Science, first in the Dept. of Plant Biology on Photosynthesis until 1987 and then returning in the fall of 2002 as a volunteer Editor in the new Dept. of Global Ecology, it is time for me to retire again.  I hope I am able to see and communicate with many of you in the future and wish you all a Happy Holiday and New Year and great success in your careers. Jan Brown, <>