• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 9 comments on The Climate Crisis: Your Job or Your Planet?

  1. While models can show the benefits of carbon taxes, the reality is that nations will not act against their economic self interest by raising the cost of energy through taxes. Not even the wealthy US has been able to pass a carbon tax. The carbon taxes in the EU have been so laced with special exemptions and rules that they are ineffective — EU CO2 emissions are rising, especially in anti-nuclear Germany. The developing nations know that the West achieved prosperity through cheap energy, from burning coal. They desperately need affordable energy to increase their standards of living; they must choose the cheapest source of energy. THORIUM: energy cheaper than coal is a book that describes the potential for several energy sources to compete with coal. It’s described at http://www.thoriumenergycheaperthancoal.com .

  2. One thing’s for sure: Things aren’t going to get any easier. In fact, a report (PDF) from the National Research Council suggests that for every degree of global warming, the world could see a 3-10% increase in the amount of rain falling in extreme storms, a 5-15% reduction in crop yields, and a 200-400% increase in the area burned by wildfire in the American West. https://realitydrop.org/#myths/70

  3. Humanity is at the treshold of a existential bottleneck (i.e. resource depletion, rampant pollution of the ecos, and decreasing net energy).

    Do not despair, we have been here before.
    Unfortunately, the way humanity has dealt with previous bottlenecks, as evidenced in archeological records of 13 previous complex societies, is by slamming into Limits to Growth and letting Nature decimate them and recycle the detritus.

    As smarter ones than most have stated previously, “only 1 in 7 is likely to survive this one and will know how wrong everyone was just a few decades before.”
    some, like Guy McPherson, say this is only the beginning and as early as 2030 it could start looking very grim.

  4. I have been hearing this nonsense for years. In fact much of what they are predicting herein they were predicting would have happened by now over twenty years ago if nothing was done back then and nothing has happened yet. I do not doubt we are impacting the earth and depleting our natural resources but all this fear mongering and saying we should live in towable micro houses based on the forecasts of wizards who claim to be able to predict the future borders on insanity……is Al Gore going to live in one of those micro houses? Because I promise I will buy into this nonsense when I see that happen! I am a mariner and my life depends on predicting the weather and I can tell you all a weather forecaster longer than 4 hours out is subject to change.

  5. Thank you for showing climate change in positive light. I think that change and adaptation are great learning opportunities as well as business. I am in my fifties and the town where I live has turned so hot in summer that I just can’t stand it anymore. So I want to contribute working generating awareness and helping people start working to make the necessary changes to migrate into a sustainable economy with a Hapiness metric in place!!!! Just remember what might have happened to Howard Hughes…. for example!

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