Dr. Brian Fagan: What lessons does the past have for a world confronted by drought and inexorable warming?

2010-03-31 by

Prolific author Fagan tells the story of the complex relationship between humans and water over the past 5,000 years, from furrow irrigation and wells to the elaborate aqueducts and canal systems of the Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans. He shows how the Industrial Revolution sowed the seeds for today’s global water crisis.

This talk was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences through the fund for Excellence in Arts and Sciences and the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fagan was keynote speaker for the Alaska Anthropological Association’s recent 37th annual meeting.

This podcast was recorded on March 25, 2010.

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Dr. Brian Fagan home page
Popular writings on anthropology
Alaska Anthropological Association
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UAA biology professor Jeff Welker discusses findings by international group in Arctic warming article for Science magazine

2009-09-15 by

UAA biology professor Jeff Welker co-authored an important paper identifying gaps in our knowledge on how climate warming is changing the Arctic. An international team of scientists collaborated on the paper, reviewing dozens of research documents on the effects of circumpolar warming and noting numerous direct effects. They issued a call to action, describing what we need to do in global climate change research and where the public needs to spend its money. The paper was published Sept. 11, 2009 in the journal “Science.”

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Abstract for the article
Environment and Natural Resources Institute Web site