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Restoration paleoecology

Paleoecological records are useful in that they inform ecological restoration efforts by not only providing the most suitable pre-anthropic baselines, but also identifying unrealistic and unfeasible restoration targets due to climatic, cultural, and economic constraints In a short paper recently

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Inductive predictions in biology

Is biology able to formulate general laws and develop inductive predictions as in physics or chemistry? The possibility of using prediction in biology as an inductive method is hampered by the lack of fundamental laws that can be formulated mathematically.

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Is the sixth mass extinction coming?

Does the current anthropogenic biodiversity crisis really qualify as a mass extinction? Many people now uncritically accept the reality of a sixth mass extinction, but others contend that this is an unrealistic exaggeration by environmental alarmists. The IUCN (International Union

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The extinction of science

The current revival of Bernalism and the use of market-based scientific practices are undermining science as we know it. Read the full paper at: Rull, V. 2016. Free science under threat. EMBO Reports, 17: 131-135.

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A lesson for global change?

We live in a society that is incapable of controlling itself in the face of an epidemic disease that directly threatens our own individual lives. How can we expect that the same society becomes worried about the possible consequences of

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The 2020 glaciation

My wish for 2020 is that an imaginary glaciation erodes all evil so we can start again from scratch. I know it is silly but it is nothing more than a wish, although a very intense one See you (or

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Antropoceno para todos

Acaba de salir el libro de divulgación sobre el ‘Antropoceno‘, donde trato de dar al gran público una visión objetiva sobre el tema para que cada quien pueda formarse una opinión propia y no tenga que creer todo lo que

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Overloaded? How to make days of more than 24 hours

Many people who permanently feel stressed because it is unable to fulfill their working commitments believe that this is due to the lack of time and uses to ask for days of more than 24 hours. I know two ways

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