John D. Liu's blog

A Fundamental Systems Analysis of Climate Change

Dear Colleagues:

I wrote this recently and thought it might be useful for some of you to read. Feel free to challenge my reasoning if you think I've gone off the reservation.

What I have been studying suggests that human impact on ecosystem function, while extremely complex can be understood by everyone. Indeed it must be understood by everyone if we as humanity, are going to change what can now be seen to be a predictable and probable catastrophic outcome.

I have learned that in science we must not assume things to be true, they must be proven.

A Comprehensive Strategy for Community Development

By: John D. Liu,
Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Center for Climate and Society

What we have seen in observing and documenting pockets of poverty in various places around the world is that ecological degradation and grinding poverty go hand in hand. In order to address one it is necessary to address the other as well. Now because of global disruptions to ecosystems (e.g. climate change) we can see that poverty and degradation somewhere is poverty and degradation everywhere.

Envisioning a future without poverty in a world with intact ecosystems

As the world moves toward Copenhagen and I hear the main
discussion about enhanced CDM, REDD, CCS, Geo-engineering, Cap
and Trade and the rest, I'm not left with a feeling of
confidence and I don't know anyone who is. It seems as if these
measures will fail and I don't actually see how they could
succeed because they all leave the fundamental underlying causes
of the problem intact.

This makes me philosophical about Earth's Hope.

What working on "Earth's Hope" has shown me is that the earth's
ecosystems have suffered from understandable impacts that