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Janet Larsen

Director of Research, Earth Policy Institute

Janet Larsen is the Director of Research and one of the incorporators of the Earth Policy Institute, an independent environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C.

She is a co-author of the Earth Policy Reader and has written on topics ranging from natural resource availability to population growth and climate change. Her research has been translated into various languages and featured in a number of print, on-line, and radio publications.

Prior to the creation of Earth Policy Institute in 2001, Janet worked at Worldwatch Institute, providing research support for State of the World and contributing to Vital Signs. She has conducted ecology fieldwork on the Chilean coast and in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Ms. Larsen has a degree in earth systems from Stanford University.

Articles by Janet Larsen

America’s Turn Away from Oil

The United States is already using less gas, so why would it turn to solutions that aren't necessary to free itself from foreign oil?

April 2, 2013

Could the Dust Bowl Happen Again?

How likely is the United States to experience a repeat of the Dust Bowl?

December 1, 2012

An American Woman in Iran: The Culture

How does the average Iranian view the U.S. people compared to the Iranian government?

September 23, 2005

An American Woman in Iran: The Environment

What surprises are in store for an American on her first visit to Iran?

September 22, 2005

Lakes — An Endangered Species?

To what extent is the depletion of lakes impacting the tension between nature and industry?

April 21, 2005

Dead Zones in the World’s Oceans

Are the world's coastal waters at risk?

June 23, 2004

Toward Global Meltdown?

Are coastal cities under threat as glaciers and sea ice melt at a record pace?

February 16, 2004

Sayonara to Cool Europe

Did Europe's 2003 heatwave indicate the way for future global climate changes?

October 18, 2003

Iran: A Model for Family Planning?

Could Iran serve as an example of how best to curtail world overpopulation?

August 3, 2003

Beyond Iraq’s Deserts

Is the world ready to stem the global desert sand tide and to preserve fertile land?

April 7, 2003

Where Have All the Forests Gone?

Are strengthened restrictions on logging enough to combat global deforestation?

August 26, 2002

Primates: Missing Our Relatives

Why are humans so bent on destroying primates' habitats?

July 14, 2002