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The Upside of Population Decline – New York Times

In these Letters to the Times, I and others rebut Dean Spears’s lament about world population peaking at 10 billion 60 years from now and then declining to 8 billion (where we are today) by 2100.  I argue that a retreat from population growth could be the best thing to happen to our ravaged planet.

2023-10-16T14:35:53-04:00October 5th, 2023|

Renewable Energy, Not Fanciful Fusion – New York Times

Nuclear fusion remains a highly speculative experiment, yet proponents are touting it as nearing commercial viability.  Challenging this, I call for a stepped-up commitment to solar, wind, battery storage, and energy efficiency – proven technologies that stand a much better chance of steering us away from climate disaster.

2023-02-09T20:17:28-05:00October 26th, 2021|

A Solar Future for Low-Income People – New York Times

In his just-released climate plan, Joe Biden has committed to zeroing out carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035. He also vows to direct 40 percent of all clean energy and infrastructure benefits toward disadvantaged communities. In this letter, I call upon the candidate to serve both goals by bringing solar power within easy reach of low-income households.

2023-02-09T20:17:46-05:00July 17th, 2020|

Grappling with the Challenge of Flying Less – Beacon Broadside

Left unabated, commercial aviation by mid-century may produce up to a quarter of the carbon emissions our planet can tolerate if we are to avert the more devastating impacts of climate change. Pulling back on air travel’s throttle will take conscious & conscientious recalibration. Here I share some contrasting insights on the challenges of flying less.

2023-02-09T20:17:47-05:00June 11th, 2020|

Coronavirus Demands Harvard’s Leadership – Harvard Crimson

Some universities stepped up early with courageous commitments to open up their dorms and other facilities to meet the urgent need for added healthcare capacity to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Tufts and Middlebury were notable front-runners in meeting this challenge. Harvard was slow to consider similar action or, at least, to let the university community know what might be undertaken. I wrote this piece in late March as a concerned alum, and was joined by many in writing letters calling on university officials act and inform.

2023-02-09T20:17:50-05:00April 26th, 2020|
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