• Lindsey Butler (SPH’19)

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  • Nayan Sanjiv (MED’21)

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There are 12 comments on POV: How BOLD Is BU?

  1. You know what else multiple models say? Climate change has already progressed to the point that even if we completely halt all carbon emissions we would not be able to stop the process.
    It’s over. We failed. Go ahead and sign your fancy papers, pat each other on the back, and give a smile and a handshake for the photoshoot, but at this point it’s just because it makes you feel good.

  2. Thank you Lindsey and Nayan for an excellent perspective! Yes indeed, BU must take the lead here. This is a case where being “bold” is pragmatic. The city will be having a very different conversation about this after the first major flooding events, and BU should get out ahead of it.

    Jacob Bor
    Assistant Professor of Global Health
    BU School of Public Health

  3. I hope that the initiative will help deploy a university-wide standard for eliminating the large amount of waste generated in the BU administrative offices. Think globally, act locally!

  4. Thank you Lindsey and Nayan for the support to the CAP and BU Bold! The daunting challenge is no excuse for inaction. The CAP is not a bunch of fancy papers: it is a new pathway of tangible, concrete actions for the University to zero-in on direct emissions. BU Bold along with the other recommendations would put the University in a leadership position vis-a-vis other higher education institutions, businesses, and entities, including the City of Boston. It has the opportunity to pave the way towards new, ambitious AND achievable standards. To me, the CAP is about action at home and inspiration for our peers to do the same.

  5. Is there really an “unwavering scientific consensus”? Is it “climate change,” which may not be monotonic, or is it “global warming”? What about disagreements among climatologists on the CO2 “multiplier factor” and the contradictory changes between Arctic and Antarctic climate? Meanwhile US emissions are dwarfed by numerous other countries. The only unwavering consensus is that we must spend money now. So what if the claim to an unwavering scientific consensus is not truthful?

    1. To answer your questions over the scientific consensus you should read the Summary for Policymakers produced by Working Group I of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. See link: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg1/WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf

      The US is the second top emitter for absolute emissions (after China) and ranks second within the top 10 emitters for per-capita emissions -after Canada. See https://wri.org/blog/2014/11/6-graphs-explain-world%E2%80%99s-top-10-emitters or http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/04/interactive-chart-explains-worlds-top-10-emitters-and-how-theyve-changed for a more recent article.

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