We are told that the cost of changing our ways to avoid climate disruption is economically and politically unreasonable and we must accommodate a series of continuous environmental changes into the indefinite future, an absurd and irrational conclusion for a world of nearly seven billion people already pushing every resource to its limits and beyond.
George M. Woodwell founded the Woods Hole Research Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1985, and was its Director from 1985 through 2005. He is currently Director Emeritus and Senior Scientist at the Center. Dr. Woodwell’s research has been on the structure and function of natural communities and their role as segments of the biosphere. He has worked extensively in forests and estuaries in North America and has made well-known studies of the ecological effects of ionizing radiation and the circulation and effects of pesticides and other toxins. Dr. Woodwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of many scientific prizes. He has published more than 300 papers in ecology. He has edited books on the effects of nuclear war, the global carbon cycle, biotic impoverishment, and satellite imagery used in measuring the area of forests globally.