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Category Archives: Nature

Personal responsibility, leadership, and global warming

posted by Joshua on May 10, 2017 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Nature

Global initiatives miss the one big change you, the person reading these words, have control over and nobody else does, which is your behavior. If you don’t change what you have control over, why would you expect or suspect anybody else would? Will you change what you can? Though I can’t prove it, I know[…] Keep reading →

Op/ed Friday: How climate change scientists are undermining efforts to slow global warming

posted by Joshua on May 5, 2017 in Education, Leadership, Nature

I wrote how much my visit to Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Studies left me. The scientists, who know more about global warming than anyone, 1) didn’t seem to change their polluting behavior and 2) to the extent they tried to influence others, did so ineffectively, or even counterproductively. They shared information, expecting that[…] Keep reading →

Will market forces fix global warming? It would be a global catastrophe.

posted by Joshua on April 22, 2017 in Nature

In the past: “We don’t have to act on global warming. The market will take care of everything.” When the market responds to global warming: “Help! Subsidize us! Protect us from the market!” Many people think we’ll avoid the worst predictions about global warming because market forces will drive up costs of fossil fuels as[…] Keep reading →

Science: College Can Decrease Your Understanding of It. A Harvard Physicist Is Undoing the Damage

posted by Joshua on April 21, 2017 in Education, Inc.com, Nature

My Inc.com article, “Science: College Can Decrease Your Understanding of It. A Harvard Physicist Is Undoing the Damage,” begins Science: College Can Decrease Your Understanding of It. A Harvard Physicist Is Undoing the Damage Studies show that traditional lectures tend to lower students’ understanding of physics. Harvard professor Eric Mazur developed techniques that work, and[…] Keep reading →

What 80s pop music teaches us about global warming

posted by Joshua on April 14, 2017 in Awareness, Leadership, Nature

Most people seem to view acting to avoid polluting and caring about the environment as deprivation and sacrifice. They seem to ask, “why should I sacrifice something I like, like flying, meat, air conditioning, etc? If billions of others don’t, then what I do doesn’t matter. The result is most of the world, or at[…] Keep reading →

The Great Barrier Reef’s Demise and You

posted by Joshua on April 10, 2017 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Nature

According to The Guardian: Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data ‘Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster,’ says one expert as Australia Research Council finds fresh damage across 8,000km I read this at a message board for geeks and entrepreneurs and shared the following, which I[…] Keep reading →

If no one is leading in the environment, maybe I’ll have to

posted by Joshua on April 8, 2017 in Leadership, Nature

After my disillusioning visit and presentation to the scientists at Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, I attended a presentation of a couple NYU researchers who study and teach about our garbage and waste. One studied and documented the amount of waste hospitals create, which is more than you’d expect. The other described how[…] Keep reading →