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Lot's of and references: Michael Shermer: The Long Arc of Moral Progress - The Long Now http://longnow.org/seminars/02015/apr/14/long-arc-moral-progress/

I think he should pay more attention to

"the consumption of all wood has leveled off---for fuel, buildings, and, finally, paper. We are at peak timber."
Jesse Ausubel: Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities - The Long Now http://longnow.org/seminars/02015/jan/13/nature-rebounding-land-and-ocean-sparing-through-concentrat...

"'Global Greening,' Ausubel said, “is the most important ecological trend on Earth today. The biosphere on land is getting bigger, year by year, by two billion tons or even more.”"
Jesse Ausubel: Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities - The Long Now http://longnow.org/seminars/02015/jan/13/nature-rebounding-land-and-ocean-sparing-through-concentrat...

"Corn acreage the size of Iowa is wasted on biofuels. An even greater proportion goes to cows and pigs for conversion to meat."
Jesse Ausubel: Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities - The Long Now http://longnow.org/seminars/02015/jan/13/nature-rebounding-land-and-ocean-sparing-through-concentrat...

"Over the last 40 years, in nearly every field, human productivity has decoupled from resource use, Ausubel began. Even though our prosperity and population continue to increase, the trends show decreasing use of energy, water, land, material resources, and impact on natural systems (except the ocean). As a result we are seeing the beginnings of a global restoration of nature."
Jesse Ausubel: Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities - The Long Now http://longnow.org/seminars/02015/jan/13/nature-rebounding-land-and-ocean-sparing-through-concentrat...

J. A. Rial - UNC Department of Geological Sciences http://www.geosci.unc.edu/page/jose-a-rial
Theoretical Geophysics/Climatology.
Computer Modeling of Environmental Systems.

I think this is the guy who the Long Now speaker worked with. He's at UNC. Judith Curry?